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BHPB GIVES GREEN BONUS Written by Les Rochester

The Roxby Downs Environment Forum has had a significant win in its call on BHP Billiton to review its Services Allowance. In this newspaper a month ago, the Forum wanted the Services Allowance to be used to reflect the effort of company workers in saving energy and water. BHP Billiton Olympic Dam has now thrown its weight behind the push to conserve water and energy in its local communities with the announcement of a major change to its Staff Services Allowance. The change will provide an incentive to employees to do their bit to reduce their water, electricity and gas consumption. Employees who spend less than the allocated $2500 annually for services will receive the savings in a cash payment – on average representing a payment of up to $700 before tax. The new allowance program will start from July 1, 2007, and will be paid out at the end of the financial year. Employees will be reimbursed for their accounts in the same way as before, and through monitoring their usage records on their accounts will be able to check if their consumption is decreasing. Nearly 1000 Olympic Dam employees living at Roxby Downs, Andamooka and Woomera are eligible to receive the allowance. Previously employees claimed reim-

bursement on their power and water accounts which the company recognised did not encourage householders to monitor and reduce their usage. The Chairman of the Environment Forum, Chris Schultz said it is an excellent development and BHP Billiton must be applauded for its stance on this issue. “It was always the intention of the Forum to promote water and energy conservation without disadvantaging residents of Roxby Downs, and the company has heard that call by designing a package that rewards consumers for helping the environment.” Mr Schultz said it’s acknowledged a lot of people in Roxby Downs already are water and energy efficient and they are commended for that and this change in the Services Allowance further promotes these opportunities. The new policy follows a general company review of its employee incentives and also supports moves by the community Environment Forum to look at a range of ways of reducing consumption in Roxby Downs. “This is a win for the Environment Forum in the community and a win for our employees,” the company’s Vice President of Human Resources at Olympic Dam Paul Walters said. “But ultimately it is a win for the global environment by encouraging people to be more conscious of their energy usage and to look for ways of reducing their consumption. Continued on Page 4

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THE seven billionth can of SPAM will soon slide off the production belt in time to mark the 70th anniversary of the creation of the versatile and avoursome pantry staple sold worldwide. To commemorate this milestone, Hormel Food Australia’s General Manager Scott Martin reected on SPAM’s success in Australia and revealed some little-known facts about this iconic family favourite. “Since its introduction to Australia in 1969 SPAM has achieved incredible success and become a household brand loved by young and old,â€? he said. “This brand is so popular the world-over that we now have a SPAM museum in the United States, a eet of SPAM MOBILE vehicles, SPAM JAM and SPAMARAMA festivals, a SPAM-inspired Monty Python musical called SPAMalot, and annual SPAM recipe competitions. “In Australia, fans have also got behind the brand by pitting popular local recipes like the pineapple basket and savoury tart against international favourites such as the SPAMBURGER hamburger from the United States, SPAM musubi from Japan and the SPAM hotpot from China.â€? Mr Martin said some of the world’s most famous political and military leaders have also been fans of the versatile canned meat “SPAM lovers may be interested to know former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher hailed the product as a ‘war-time delicacy’. “Meanwhile, Russian military leader, Nikita Khrushchev credits SPAM with saving many of his troops lives in World War Two, while a letter written by American President Dwight D. Eisenhower acknowledges the role SPAM played in feeding the Allied Forces. “That’s no mean feat and just a few of the many reasons why SPAM is still as popular as ever 70 years down the track. It’s testament to the quality of the product and its versatility as a canned meat,â€? he said. To celebrate SPAM’s diamond anniversary, Hormel Foods in the United States has released a range of special edition collector’s cans in green, pink and blue showcasing signiďŹ cant SPAM milestones from the past seven decades, and they are coming to Australia. The cans will only be available in Australia through a special mail order promotional oer on the spam.net.au website, where fans can get their hands on the limited edition cans or a commemoration shirt. The anniversary of the product also coincides with the Australian launch of Monty Python’s SPAMalot, a musical production ‘lovingly ripped-o ’ from the Monty Python and the Holy Grail movie. SPAM luncheon meat received its name from Jay C. Hormel, son of George A. Hormel, in 1937. The name was derived by shortening the term spiced ham to SPAM.

White Peas, but where are the pods? The scarlet, pink and white blooms have disappeared from Roxby’s Sturt’s Desert Peas, fallen to nourish the earth from whence they came. Where miles and miles of vibrant runners carpeted the sand dunes there remains only dried grey-green foliage, thick with seed pods, which hopefully will sprout next season. But we may not be so lucky next year, Sturt’s Desert Peas require very speciďŹ c conditions to ower well, and it seems that whilst the red peas have successfully converted ower to seed pod, the plants bearing the white Sturt’s Desert Pea have reproduced sparingly, or not at all. The Monitor contacted Sturt’s Desert Pea expert, Dr Greg Kirby, to ďŹ nd out why. Dr Kirby is an Associate Professor at the School of Biological Sciences at Flinders University in Adelaide. He has been breeding Sturt’s Desert Peas for nearly 20 years. In more than 15 years of ďŹ eld research he has only seen the white peas growing wild once, in the Gawler Ranges. “The white pea is a mutant colour form,â€? Dr Kirby said. “There are a number of ways a plant can produce a white flower, sometimes the Page 2 – Thursday, October 18, 2007

molecular pathway to make the red is missing an enzyme so they end up with a white pigment. “To have had such a grand display you must have had lots of rain at the right time in Roxby Downs. “You need warm soil and autumn rain to trigger germination, but you also need follow up rain in the subsequent months to keep the plants growing,â€? he said. Dr Kirby suggested that the white peas may not be producing much seed as the plant’s pollinators, local birds, would be attracted to the red owers ďŹ rst. “Sturt’s Desert Pea has two pollination mechanisms,â€? Dr Kirby said. “The wind and birds. “That is why they have such a big, bright flower, they need to so the birds can see them. “Most bird pollinated owers are red or yellow, the white peas may not be getting pollinated because the birds are not noticing them. “The birds may not recognise them as the same plant, and if the white peas are near many red ones, the birds will be attracted to the coloured owers ďŹ rst,â€? he said. Dr Kirby said the other way a Sturt’s Desert

Pea is pollinated is by the wind, which bangs the owers on the ground, triggering pollination. “ The wind can cause them to self-pollinate, but the plants will not produce as many seeds and the seeds will not produce as big a seedling.â€? Dr Kirby also suggested the lack of white pea pollination could have been caused by a shortage of local birdlife. “Here in Adelaide the little honey eaters pollinate our crops very successfully. “In the Roxby Downs region Sturt’s Desert Peas are pollinated by Miner birds and Whitefaced Chats. “On a ďŹ ve day ďŹ eld trip in the region I’d only see birds pollinating on one or two occasions, there might be big crops, but only small ocks of four or ďŹ ve birds,â€? he said. The last big flowering in our area was in 1992, so Roxby residents must count themselves lucky to have witnessed the display nature put on for us this season. For the sake of future generations, if you are lucky enough to see a white Sturt’s Desert Pea, don’t pick the pods, give them a chance to bloom in their native habitat again next year.

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Incentives to stay, incentives to go The Roxby Downs Area School may lose a number of its most experienced teachers at the end of the year, when their commitment and hard won experience renders them ineligible for the Country Incentives Scheme (CIS). The CIS is a payment made to South Australian teachers who work in country areas. Schools are classified into Zones, depending on their isolation and distance from Adelaide. Any teacher working in a school zoned 2 – 5 is eligible to receive the CIS….but only for five years. “The CIS is an incentive for teachers in their first five years of placement in a remote school,” local teacher and Australian Education Union elected branch council representative for the Far North, Ben Summerton said. “It is available to any teacher moving to a remote location, such as Roxby Downs.

“It is good for attracting people, but does not encourage them to stay long term. “If you want to stay in the same school for more than five years you lose the financial incentive,” he said. Mr Summerton, who is in his fifth year at RDAS, will lose the CIS at the end of this year. He estimates this loss will drop around $6,000 per annum from his salary. “Teachers are the worst paid p ro fe s s i o n a l s i n to w n ,” M r Summerton said. “I am on a low salary, when I lose the CIS next year I will take a substantial pay cut. “The CIS has assisted in keeping me here, its removal will be one more reason for me to go,” he said. Mr Summerton said that though the CIS has helped attract new teachers to Roxby Downs, not all of the effects have been positive. “If you look at RDAS, you have

a lot of new teachers just out of university, here the CIS has resulted in a low level of experience in our school,” he said. “The success of a school relies on the long term stability of its teachers. “Schemes like the CIS do not promote longevity,” he said. RDAS Deputy Principal Helen Bennie agreed. “Young teachers don’t earn a lot,” Mrs Bennie said. “And it is really expensive to live in Roxby Downs, even in teacher housing. “The CIS is supposed to offset things like fuel costs and increased living costs, and it also provides an incentive for people to come to the country. “The CIS is a great way to encourage teachers to rural schools, but the loss of it at the five year mark can prompt their departure,” she said.

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The Solar Challenge – 20th anniversary

The Greenfleet Technology Class of the 2007 Panasonic World Solar Challenge begs questions such as, could we all one day be driving cars fuelled by canola oil? Or, how about a mixture of waste mineral oil and water? The Challenge is back this month (21 - 28 October) and is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with yet another gruelling yet rewarding 3,000 km journey straight down Australia’s desert belly, on the remote Stuart Highway – from Darwin (in the Northern Territory) to Adelaide, in South Australia. This past week one of the solar cars taking part pulled into Roxby Downs. It is the entry by the University of Michigan nicknamed, Continuum. The vehicle was designed and prepared by 150 students from Business, Engineering and Arts faculties working on a two year project cycle. Continuum is the University of Michigan’s ninthgeneration solar car. The Vehicle features advanced aerodynamics, wireless telemetr y systems, and state-of-theart, space-grade Gallium-arsenide solar cells. The vehicle was brought to Roxby Downs by BHP Billiton which is sponsoring Continuum and associates the company with a student led project that shares its

Charter values, raising the company’s brand awareness with the objective of recruiting graduates to enhance its talent pool. Solar cars are not the only stars of the Challenge. This international biennial event also exists to celebrate the very real, very cutting-edge and very exciting greener vehicle solutions that are already starting to appear on our roads – as well as some weird and wonderful conceptual vehicles at the brink of further testing and development. The 2007 PWSC event has 3 different classes – two for solar cars (the Challenge Class & Adventure Class) and a third class for vehicles demonstrating exciting new fuel efficient technologies – the Greenfleet Technology Class. This year the whole event consists of 61 teams from 19 countries – there are 40 solar cars and 21 vehicles in the Greenfleet Technology Class. With transport being Australia’s fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions, events like the PWSC are drawing the public’s gaze towards issues of sustainable, energy-efficient transport – and while the solar cars represent technological possibilities for the future of mainstream transport, many vehicles in the Greenfleet Technology Class represent the “now”. The vehicles in the class, showcasing a mix of electric & hybrid vehicles & low-carbon fuels. Ultra fuel efficiency & low emission technology is the name of the game.

(photo courtesy Arid Recovery) The bilbies released outside the Arid Recovery reserve are doing well. 18 of the initial 20 have survived and are adjusting to the life in the world beyond the fence. “The bilbies are going extremely well,” Ecologist Helen Crisp said. “There are currently 18 surviving out to the west. “Of the two that died, one was taken by a wedge tailed eagle and the other died of natural causes. “In comparison to the first external bilby release that took place in 2004, it has been a great success. “In 2004 12 bilbies were released, within four weeks only four remained, this time it has been almost two months and we still have 18 out there,” she said. The aim of the project was to release two groups of ten bilbies, one of which had been trained to be predator aware and one which had not, and see if the training made any difference to their survival. “Preliminary results show that there has been no major difference in behaviour between the trained and the

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Turn around on transportables

Green Energy to Solar-Mooka

One of the transportable homes under construction for BHP Billiton in Roxby Downs. Transportable homes are making a comeback in Roxby Downs with BHP Billiton about to place a consignment of them in a new subdivision. These new homes will not be available for purchase by the community, with BHP Billiton planning to retain the properties to ease the pressure on the waiting list for company rental properties. A spokesperson for the company said the consignment is a trial, and if successful BHP Billiton may offer transportables as an option for purchase by community members in the future. In the mean time residents have been able to purchase a house and land package in the Copper Sands housing development, which opened earlier this year, with prices ranging from $200,000 to $400,000, for a home constructed on site. An average four bedroom house in Copper Sands would cost buyers around $311,000. Transportable homes, though often cheaper and quicker to build, were not offered to home buyers in that subdivision, instead, the builders, Alpine Constructions, Hickinbotham/Statesman Homes, Keith Daniels Building and McCracken Homes, offered a small selection of houses to choose from. “These are not pre-fabricated kit homes or transportables,” Vice President Human Resources Paul Walters said at the time. “They are constructed on concrete slabs to design specifications,” he said. The transportable homes are under construction by three builders, McCracken Homes, System Built and Selecta Homes. A four bedroom, two bathroom home by one of the builders will cost BHP Billiton in the low $200,000 range,

fully finished with carpets and blinds, delivered and installed, with only connection fees to water, sewage and power not covered. The first is due to arrive this week, so tenants may have moved into the transportable homes before many of the Copper Sands slabs are even poured. “Given the accommodation shortage in Roxby Downs, BHP Billiton Olympic Dam has explored the option of allowing modular homes to be placed on future subdivisions in the town, and will trial the installation of 33 modular homes in Sub-Division B, located between Burgoyne Street and Agonis Road,” Mr Walters said. “Companies were invited to tender to provide modular housing that meets current contemporary housing standards, and as a result of the tender process and available schedules four companies were selected to provide a share of the overall 33 houses. “These homes are of a high quality and the first delivery of houses is expected by mid-October. “If this modular housing trial is successful, the inclusion of more modular-style developments may be included into BHP Billiton’s overall accommodation plans. “The Company understands and appreciates the communities’ desire for flexibility, timely solutions, and variety in future home options and has developed a plan to meet these expectations,” he said. “Olympic Dam has had some difficulty in attracting personnel into a number of ‘hard to fill’ positions, so the majority of these modular homes will be used for company housing and will be allocated to business critical roles,” Mr Walters said. The Monitor understands a further 50 transportable homes could immediately be contracted by BHP Billiton if this initial trial is successful.

An Adelaide-based solar electricity company has announced its intention to try and solarise the entire township of Andamooka. Solar Shop Australia believes Andamooka has the potential to become Australia’s first ‘totally solar’ town. “At the moment, Andamooka residents have to rely on a privately-owned grid powered by diesel generators,” the managing director of Solar Shop Australia Adrian Ferraretto said. “From what we can see, the costs of getting hooked up to that grid seem extremely high. But using solar energy requires a mindshift by residents who use it. President of the Andamooka Progress and Opal Miners Association Peter Allen said residents in the town know how to conserve and use water wisely because it is a very costly and rare commodity. “If residents can change the way they use electricity like they have with water then the cost benefits to them will be good. “APOMA absolutely supports the use of solar energy in town but people will have to modify their lifestyles and be conscious of what they’re using rather than just paying a big bill at the end of each quarter,” he said It is a view echoed by the commissioned agent that Solar Shop Australia had in

Andamooka recently, Mark Moody. “Instead of having bills of $1,000 to $1,500 a quarter we can get that down to $300 to $400 using solar power. A solar unit that produces 10 kilowatts of power a day to support a medium sized house will cost $18,645 fully installed with battery back-up after the federal government subsidy. “With generous federal government rebates now available, there is no reason why Andamooka residents can’t switch to solar,” Mr Ferraretto said. “Andamooka homeowners and businesses are entitled to rebates of up to $200,000 for installing stand alone solar electricity systems. “This is a very exciting, groundbreaking project. “Given that a huge new gold-copper mining venture is underway just up the road, and demand for housing is spiralling in Andamooka, it’s created a perfect situation for an entire town to install solar,” he said. “We have a special projects division back in Adelaide and solarising Andamooka sits at the top of the list. “We’ve called it ‘The Solarmooka Project’. “If we can do it, it’ll highlight for the entire world to see the virtues of clean, green and endlessly renewable solar electricity,” Mr Ferraretto said.

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“An energy conservation program on site was also extended to the community with our recent presence at the Roxby Downs Market Day providing energy saving tips and products to the public. “We are also looking at ways of conserving energy in our company houses,” Mr Walters said. BHP Billiton has a global policy of conserving energy and water conservation and believes the Services Allowance Review is an ideal way for Olympic Dam to contribute.

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Daylight Saving starts at the end of the month. Roxby’s ‘Welcome Program’ facilitator Margie Anchor approached The Monitor to ask us to run an article on DS, as many people coming in from overseas do not know what it is. “People new to the country may not know what it is all about,” Ms Anchor said. “And some don’t understand that it is not another hour of sunlight a day. “It won’t fade your curtains, it is just a moving of the clock,” she said.

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Those of us from the southern states may laugh at the idea that people could believe DS could fade their curtains or carpets, but that is just one argument anti-DS activists have put forward over time. Others believe DS will disrupt children’s sleeping patterns, confuse cows and cause skin cancer rates to soar. On the other hand, DS advocates claim electricity use is lower during DS, that people exercise more and that crime rates drop when the clock advances one hour. The Monitor has no scientific evidence to back up any of these assertions, Roxby

residents must make up their own minds. Here is what we do know. DS occurs when clocks are advanced an hour, in South Australia this year that will be on the 28th of this month. DS ends when clocks are put back an hour, which will happen on the 6th of April next year. DS began in Australia in the early 1900s and operates in every state and territory except for Queensland and the Northern Territory. DS, love it or hate it, it’s up to you - just don’t forget to change your clock.

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Archer’s bow aimed at Evelyn Archer Exploration Limited says it has finished its data acquisition across the Evelyn Dam anomaly, just south of Roxby Downs and that initial data processing has been completed. The field crews are presently surveying the Island Lagoon anomaly located 35 km north of Evelyn Dam, and will then move onto the VPF anomaly which lies 60km to the northwest. Results of these surveys will be released as they become available. The company says Evelyn Dam is an exciting prospect and is located in an area of the Gawler Craton over which there has been very little exploration activity for IOCG deposits. The anomaly occurs within a very favourable structural setting and represents a highly prospective opportunity for a new discovery of the IOCG, or Olympic Dam style of mineralisation.

The Company is working towards commencing drill testing of the anomaly early in 2008. Archer Exploration Limited commenced trading on the Australian Stock Exchange on 14th August after raising $7 m in a very successful IPO. The focus of the Company is on its West Roxby Project in the Gawler Craton of South Australia. The Evelyn Dam prospect is a gravity anomaly, defined by PIRSA surveying in 2006, which is located along the eastern margin of what is interpreted to be the basal units of the Gawler Range Volcanics. The company says its objective is to build a pipeline of high quality prospects based on systematic gravity surveying in this exciting and very poorly explored terrain, and to then systematically drill test them.

Monax spins out A capital raising of up to A$15 million has been proposed by Monax Mining Limited for the spinout of the Company’s uranium assets into a new explorer, Marmota Energy Limited. The size of the Marmota Initial Public Offer (IPO) – flagged previously by Monax in August – was detailed when the Company announced a prospectus had been lodged with the ASIC and the ASX. Prior to the planned ASX listing of the Marmota IPO, Monax will seek shareholder approval for the proposal at a meeting scheduled in Adelaide for 8th November. “The Marmota IPO assembles into one vehicle, the untapped uranium exploration potential of Monax’s tenement base,” Monax’s Managing Director, Michael Schwarz, said.

“Marmota will have interests in vast uranium exploration licence areas covering more than 7,000 square kilometres in the highly prospective Gawler Craton and Curnamona provinces of South Australia.. “If fully subscribed, Monax will emerge as a cornerstone investor in Marmota with a 25.7% stake.” The proposed Marmota IPO will offer up to 60 million 25 cent shares to raise up to $15 million, with a minimum total subscription of $7.5 million. Successful applicants will receive a 1-for-3 free option to subscribe for an additional Marmota share at an exercise price of 25 cents by 30 June 2008. Eligible shareholders in Monax (those registered as a shareholder of Monax as at the Record Date of 5th October 2007) will receive priority to apply for up to 20 million shares in the IPO via a Priority Offer. Mr Schwarz said that under ASX requirements, Monax would circulate to its shareholders, a copy of an Independent Expert’s report on the proposed transaction and float. The report found the proposal to be fair and reasonable. Marmota will be headed by highly experienced former South Australian Chief Geophysicist, Mr Domenic Calandro as Managing Director. Mr Calandro is the former Chief Mineral Geophysicist for the SA Government and has 13 years experience in the management, processing, and provision of geophysical data and information as a critical tool in successful uranium exploration. Mr Calandro is credited with being largely responsible for driving programs which in the past decade have reduced exploration risk in South Australia and attracted new exploration investment, including through the highly successful PACE initiative. Monax’s uranium assets being vended into Marmota cover a range of potential uranium mineralisation styles in Tertiary palaeochannels, sedimentary basin settings, hard rock and unconformity style exploration projects throughout South Australia. All of the Gawler Craton and Curnamona tenements were secured by Monax prior to the ‘land grab’ which has characterised South Australia’s current exploration boom.

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Marathon on the move Marathon Resources Ltd has announced a one for five non-renounceable pro rata rights issue at an issue price of $2.50 per new Marathon share. The issue price represents a discount of 25% to the closing price of Marathon’s shares on 27 September 2007. The Rights Issue will raise a maximum of $27 million if all rights are taken up. Proceeds will be used to fund the next stage in the development of Marathon’s Mt Gee uranium project in South Australia’s Northern Flinders Ranges, further exploration of its other mining tenements, as well as general working capital requirements. The Rights Issue will not be underwritten and will be conducted without a prospectus in accordance with the new streamlined offering provisions of the Corporations Act. Talbot Group Holdings Pty Ltd and CITIC Australia Pty Ltd, who together hold approximately 19.59% of Marathon’s issued share capital, intend to accept in full their respective entitlements under the Rights Issue, subject to any internal corporate approval required. In addition, Marathon’s Directors, who collectively control 11.23% of the Company’s issued share capital, intend to take up their entitlements in respect of the shares they respectively control. If Talbot, CITIC and the Marathon Directors take up their respective entitlements in full the issue will raise at least $8.3 million. Holders of existing options to subscribe for Marathon shares have been given notice of their right to exercise their options in order to be eligible to participate in the Rights Issue in respect of the shares underlying their options. Closing date for acceptance is Friday 26 October. Marathon Resources is a minerals exploration company focused on the development of Mt Gee, one of Australia’s largest undeveloped uranium deposits. The Mt Gee project is located within the Paralana Mineral System of South Australia, a uranium rich state which is home to the world’s largest uranium deposit at Olympic Dam. Marathon’s portfolio also includes highly prospective copper-gold-uranium properties in the Gawler Craton of South Australia.

Workplace Relations Fact Sheet The Workplace Authority has published a Workplace Relations Fact Sheet. It contains important information about workplace agreements and rights and obligations in the workplace. Every employer in the federal workplace relations system has until 20 October 2007 to provide a copy to all their existing employees. New employees must get one within seven days of starting work. Employers can obtain the fact sheet from the website, or can order copies via the website or the Workplace Infoline. For information, help and advice, go to the website or ring the Workplace Infoline.

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Finally it’s on. Election fever 2007 or is it boredom 2007 seeing the ‘Clayton’s election’ campaign has been running for the past few months. Both the Prime Minister John Howard and his Shadow, Labor Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd have been raking up the frequent flyer points across the country, pressing flesh, making announcements, generally on the campaign trail early. I’ve heard comments about the way people intend to vote this election, and some of them worry me, not because of the parties they intend to vote for but the reasons behind their decision. It is hard to fathom. One of the most consistent reasons is,”It’s time for a change”. Now I’ve heard that slogan used before, I think it was back in

the ‘70’s. But lets analyse it a bit. We have record low unemployment. Our economy is booming. Families are well off, home ownership is nearing record levels. There’s a myriad of other good things about living in Australia today. The baby bonus helps families, the first home owners scheme, superannuation and much more. So the question people need to ask themselves when about to cast their vote is, are they prepared to put this at risk and change the government of the day because “It’s time for a change’? And what is ‘change’? What is different about the Labor Party that wants to win government. I’ve been amused over these past few months on how very similar both parties are. The government through the PM announces an initiative and Kevin Rudd says his party supports the same type of initiative. The government gives the okay to a billion dollar pulp mill in Tasmania and the Rudd Labor Government through former Midnight Oil front man Peter Garrett says they also support it. So what do we want to change to? Similar policies except a new front man? One thing I have noticed that while Howard and Rudd have been storming around the country side so have the prospective candidates especially in the seat of Grey, our Seat.

We’ve had the Liberals up here a number of times, we’ve had the Nationals Wilbur Klein here, not only pressing flesh but on a song and dance roadshow. But I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting the Labor candidate for Grey yet. As a matter of fact I haven’t even seen a press release or a letter to the editor from the candidate. I don’t even know what gender the candidate is or even their name. In such a hotly contested seat where Labor is 14 percent behind, and the national polls indicate a 12 percent turn around for Labor nationally, I would have thought Roxby Downs and other far north centres would be deserving of a visit from the Labor candidate for Grey. But nope, nowhere to be seen. Does this indicate how we’ll be represented if the Labor candidate gets in? Or does the candidate think it’s a shoe in because of the national polling? Before I spend my buck, I like to see what I’m getting. This election is going to be about analysis. In Grey the person who puts in the hard yards on the road is likely to put in the hard yards on our behalf in Canberra. They then deserve my vote.

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Country people will need our support to help build confidence in investing in the future of farming. Farmers realize there are still some hard times to come, and that change will happen as a result of this drought. However, it’s in the national interest to make sure our farmers are able to plant next season’s crops by providing practical and immediate support, such as access to long term low interest drought recovery loans. A redeemable investment by the nation in our farmers is needed, not a welfare handout. As the Nationals candidate for the Division of Grey I have been meeting with and listening to individual farmers, small business owners, families and support agencies right across the division of Grey. I have also had the opportunity to attend the Eyre Peninsula Drought Task Force meeting in Wudinna, and travel with the South Australian Farmers Federation drought tour on the Eyre Peninsula, meeting with farmer groups from Ceduna to Tumby Bay. The ongoing drought and its negative economic impact on the region is the issue most talked about. The drought is not only impacting on individual farmers and small business enterprises that support them, but on whole communities. There is a prevailing air of low morale and a reduced confidence in the future of farming. People are expressing a lack of confidence in having a go at planting another crop next year, and in maintaining a sustainable future for their families and communities. Flow on effects of the drought include reduced access to retail services, and fewer volunteers available, which places local services

under increasing pressure in communities where the Ambulance service, CFS, and sporting groups are integral parts of the community. Who will maintain community buildings such as halls? In addition people are concerned about having access to health services, (especially the availability of doctors), retaining education services, the spiralling rise in farming input costs, and the ongoing exit of skilled workers and families from small communities. The concept of an “Agriculture Future Fund” is proposed - a fund that supports the restructure and future development of our agricultural industries by providing access to long term low interest loans, and in turn helping to build confidence for family farms and other rural enterprises to invest in the future. The concept of a Future Fund could also be used to augment current Federal Coalition Government f unding prog rams including Auslink, Roads to Recovery, Regional Partnerships, and the new Growing Regions fund, to further upgrade vital community and industry infrastructure in Rural and Regional Australia I believe that an “Agriculture Future Fund” is a concept that our great nation can afford as a means of providing ongoing support for rural and regional families and their communities, and provides recognition of the enormous contribution made by country people to Australia’s economy and to our nations’ future. Support and encouragement goes a long way. Wilbur Klein Cockaleechie Nationals candidate for Grey

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A boost for volunteering Volunteering in Roxby Downs has received a boost, with the arrival of 16 new books purchased by the Volunteering Partnership for community use. The books were purchased with a $500 grant from Alliance One Credit Union’s Community Partnerships Program and will be available from the Roxby Downs Community Library. “All community groups dealing with volunteers will be able to take advantage of these resources which will help in the recruitment, management and retention of volunteers,” Volunteering Partnership spokesperson Michelle Hales said. “The Partnership appreciates the support of Alliance One and the grant which allowed us to purchase these books,” she said. Alliance One’s Community Partnerships Program provides funding to community groups and non-profit organisations which are seeking to continue or upgrade existing services. The books purchased with the grant bequeathed by the program include ‘Policies for Volunteer Programs’, ‘The Help-I-Don’t-Have-Enough-Time Guide to Volunteer Management, ‘The Volunteer Recruitment Book’, ‘Supervising Volunteers’ and ‘A Volunteer’s Guide to Volunteering’.

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A night in, out Have you got your ticket yet? They’re going fast, and why wouldn’t they? Champagne, giveaways and the chance to laugh so hard you fall off the seat. What more could a girl want (apart from George Clooney as a door prize)? Sunday night is Girls Night In night for the Red Sands Foundation, The Cancer Council and Roxby Downs Health Services. Roxby ladies are invited to a special showing of ‘Hairspray’, the hilarious new movie starring John Travolta and a galaxy of stars. Tickets are available at the Cultural Precinct for $18, with proceeds going to help fund the state’s support services, including education programs, help lines, financial assistance and accommodation for use by country people travelling to Adelaide for treatment.

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December draws ever closer, and Christmas would not be Christmas in Roxby Downs without the pageant. This year the pageant will be held on Saturday, December 8. The Roxby Downs Community Christmas Pageant committee is calling for residents to become involved by entering a float, running a stall or making a donation. “It won’t be too different from previous years,” Pageant Committee spokesperson Sandy Visser said. “We are once again asking people not to bring water pistols, and this year we would also like to request no drinks in glass receptacles,” she said. “We have spoken to Santa, who can’t wait to be here and it should be a great pageant,” she said. For more information, a float or stall registration form, or to make a donation contact Sandy Visser on 0419 841 080.

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With the weather warming up and the Roxby Downs Swimming Pool reopening for summer the time has come to remind all community members of the need to be sun-smart. Australians have one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, according to the Cancer Council. One in every two of us will develop some form of skin cancer during our lifetime. “It is so important people be aware of the damage the harmful rays of the sun can do,” Community Health Nurse Linda Johnston said. “Especially here in Roxby where we have a high number of children

and babies. “Parents need to realise children and babies burn a lot more quickly than adults so they need to be extra careful about exposing their children to the sun. “And babies under the age of 6 months should not have sunscreen put on, so it is imperative that they are covered or kept out of the sun completely,” she said. The Cancer Council recommends wearing clothes that cover most of the body, staying out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, applying an SPF 30+ sunscreen, wearing a broad brimmed hat and seeking shade as

the best way to reduce sun damage. Sunglasses are also important, as sun damage can affect the eyes in much the same way as it does the skin. 95 per cent of melanomas are treatable if caught early and skin cancer is preventable. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation during childhood and adolescence is the major cause of skin cancer, so sun protection during those early years is the best way to avoid skin cancer later on. For more information visit Roxby Downs Health Services or the Roxby Downs Pharmacy.

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Hot Science Lights Up Roxby The Shell Questacon Science Circus is exploding into Roxby Downs this October visiting schools and performing live science shows. Over 10,000 students from schools throughout the region will be discovering the wonders of gooey slime, the excitement of blasting rockets and the incredible fun of bubbles and liquid nitrogen. “Kids love the school shows! They really get into the exploding balloons and floating magnets as they discover the amazing world of science,” Danene Jones Science Circus presenter said. In addition to the in-school shows the whole community is invited to be enthralled by the fantastic Science Festival to be held at the Roxby Downs Cultural and Leisure Precinct on Tuesday 23 October from 5 – 8pm. The Science Circus is travelling throughout South

Australia, bringing over 50 hands-on displays and live shows to intrigue, excite and explain the fascination of science. “There is something for everyone at the science fair. “Kids can spin themselves dizzy while their parents try to get out of handcuffs or the whole family can relax and watch a spectacular science show!” another Science Cirus presenter Joel Hallinan said. The Science Circus travels all the way from Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre in Canberra. The members of the Science Circus are all science graduates who study science communication at the Australian National University (ANU). The Science Circus is a joint initiative of ANU, Questacon and the Shell Companies in Australia.

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Tonight we have the next in a series of meetings of people interested in forming a theatre group in Roxby Downs. We have had theatre for a while here courtesy of Sheila Culf and her band of excellent volunteers. Now there are moves to up the ante. More productions presented in a more diverse way. There are lots of opportunities for writers, actors, musicians and production people. We need to demonstrate that we are serious about having a vibrant community based theatre group here. It is not an unusual feature of life in the regions. Murray Bridge has a permanent theatre group that do shows every year that are well attended and valued by the whole community. We are especially blessed in Roxby because we have a school bursting with creative energy and we have writers on the ground. Earlier this week there was a meeting to discuss Parks Alive. It is a state-wide event designed to give communities inspiration to celebrate and get out and use the Council’s parks. It has been organised through the Creative Communities Network with the help of arts officers who work within local governments around the State. Some of these officers attend a forum called the Creative Communities Network and for me that often requires travel to Adelaide to meet with colleagues at the City of Unley, or the City of Adelaide, or the Alexandrina Council.

It keeps me on my toes and this year we have come up with a plan to encourage community groups back into the great outdoors. In the past there have been issues with public liability insurance and events. Anything with any sort of risk attached was viewed with deep suspicion and priced out of the market by the liability insurance industry. I did a one man installation at the Adelaide Fringe in 2004 and I had to pay as much for insurance as I did to get on the program. In my opinion a tent on its own patch of land, within a secure festival environment, emanating light and sound posed little risk to the punter. But that didn’t stop the insurance industry charging $500 or more just in case some lunatic launched themselves through mid air and impaled themselves on a tent. Now the industry wants to wind the clock back a little. The local government association has been instrumental in developing a new generation of insurance packages for local government events. Both Local Government Insurance services and the LGA itself are sponsors of Parks Alive. They have realised that, with the money Councils spend on maintaining parks, gardens and skate parks, it’s a good idea to encourage people to use them. Ring me on 0427 800 157 if you want to learn more about our theatre group or Parks Alive. The year’s not over yet.

Festival of Trees Have you got your supplies yet? The 2007 Roxby Downs Festival of Trees is just around the corner. “The Festival of Trees is a chance for the community to get together and spread a little Christmas cheer before people go their separate ways,” committee spokesperson Helen Edwards said. “It’s not just for families - schools, the kindy, the childcare centres and local businesses are invited to get involved too,” she said. The trees will need to be ready by November 23. Entry forms will be available at the Roxby Downs Community Library.

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A worldwide Australian owned consultancy company GHD held a community reception to officially announce its presence in Roxby Downs this past week. The company consults on a range of industry developments and professional expertise. Its opening was held at the Roxby Downs Bowls club where younger members of the community took the opportunity to try their hand at bowls.

Talking seriously. GHD Manager of SA operations David Luscombe (in cap) involved in conversation.

The guest were well looked after by the GHD crew through ESS.

BHP Billiton’s Community Relations Manager Vivienne Lambert welcomes Liliosa, Chris and Simba to Roxby Downs.

Royal Flying Doctor Service Roxby Downs Auxiliary

Face painting was the rage for the young ones.

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We buck the trend Over the twelve months to August 2007 finance for the construction of dwellings and new dwelling finance in South Australia has surprisingly risen at a faster rate than established housing finance. Finance for the construction of new buildings rose 15.3 per cent, new dwelling finance was a staggering 30.9 per cent higher, while established housing finance 11.5 per cent. For Victoria finance for the construction of new building work was lower, down 1 per cent, new dwelling finance rose 13.4 per cent and established housing finance rose 10.7 per cent. New South Wales is the best example with new construction finance down 1.5 per cent, new dwelling finance up 2.9 per cent and established housing finance up 3.7 per cent. The lending figures are confirmed by the number of actual starts where according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures new home starts in South Australia rose by a solid 14.6 per cent over the June 2007 quarter to 3,003, a level 19.2 per cent higher than a year earlier. Detached house starts rose by 7.3 per cent to 8,682 Large family home approx 40 sq over the 2006/07 financial year, the strongest result since with five bedrooms on 40 acres at 1993/94. Starts for multi-units were also higher, increasing by Williamstown. To swap with a house in 5.7 per cent to 2,382. Australia’s peak building industry body, HIA, said that Roxby of similar value. South Australia had managed to buck the national trend, aided by relatively strong population growth. HIA SA Regional Director Robert Harding said obviously these two sets of figures indicate a strong new (evenings please) home residential market in this state and one that is quite at odds with the market in other states where even in FOR SALE WA we are now seeing a significant slow down. Roma Aussiewide Caravan. 2005. Three axles, “Some of the strength six wheels. 12/240V System, 2 x 9KG Gas is in pent up demand but Cylinders, Rear ensuite with shower, toilet & a significant proportion 2.2kg washing machine. Café style lounge, is reflective of a strong employment market and side kitchen with 4 burner gas stove, grill and i n c re a s i n g i nte r s t ate front oven. 850watt microwave, 150L three investment.” way fridge, alarm system, solar panels, roll “These figures vindicate out awning, free to air satellite TV, 17”LCD the state governments TV,CD. Queen size bed. Excellent condition, decision to extend the urban growth boundary been used only five Times. $70,000 and for the release of Call Alex 0411692040 the additional 2600 lots through the LMC. “A failure to do so FLINDERS RANGES REAL ESTATE PTY LTD in the current demand climate could only have an inflationary effect on already high new house and BUSINESS WITH VERY LARGE land prices,” Mr Harding THREE BEDROOM RESIDENCE said.

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We would all like the kind of kitchen that is featured on the pages of glossy lifestyle magazines, but we don’t fancy taking out a second mortgage to do it. In fact, a tired old kitchen can be spruced up, even transformed, on a limited budget. All it takes is a little ingenuity and an eye for the important details. For instance, what is the first thing the casual observer sees in a kitchen? It’s not the state-of- the-art dishwasher or the latest multifunction, fan-forced oven. They may be admired later on when pointed out, but the initial in-your-face impact comes from the cabinet work, so pay attention to this as a priority. Replace the doors and drawer-fronts and use a range of attention-grabbing knobs or handles. Consider a change of material, from solid wood to glass, which tends to add depth to the small kitchen. If you take this course, you will have to tidy your shelves, but a display of attractive crockery and glassware creates interest and also says something about your personality. If you can’t or don’t want to replace the drawers and cupboard doors then repainting is an acceptable option.

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And once again, you can express yourself in whatever colour scheme you choose. But be ware; you may think fluorescent pink is a great shade, but what of a prospective buyer? By all means paint on the wild side if you plan to live with it into the indefinite future. Worktops can be a problem as they are often the first part of the kitchen to show wear, while being expensive and sometimes difficult to replace. One solution is food preparation ‘slabs’ either in wood or stone. Carefully chosen, they not only conceal worn areas, but provide a little extra character to the kitchen. A tired floor can be disguised with a rug (as long as it is easily washable). Lighting is another way of taking attention away from embarrassing areas and can be a feature in itself with clever use of coloured lights or even fibre optics. Finally, choose something that will instantly draw the eye such as a jukebox or an elaborate cappuccino maker. That may end up as the most expensive item on your kitchen revitalisation list, but as a conversationmaker it will be worth the expense.

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CNR SECOND STREET AND MAIN ROAD An outstanding Family business has been reluctantly put on the market as a walk in walk out basis at a sale price by the owners reduced to sell due to ill health. This Family Butcher shop has been operated by the same family since 1938. Over the years the family has built up a reputation of quality, service, cleanliness and expertise that other past businesses have found hard to compete with. The clientele is large and still expanding. Servicing a very large client base including a very loyal local trade, tourism and clientele as far away as the far northern regions of the state on a weekly basis. (A clientele list would be available) . The shop is fully accredited with the preparation area complimented with all plant and equipment included including two cool rooms freezers, fridges etc and all other items neccessary to conduct this profitable, respected business. An excellent opportunity for a person to establish themselves or as an established business to expand further with a great lot of confidence. A very friendly community making it an excellent town to be involved in and all within a very short pleasant drive from Port Augusta and Port Pirie. Attached to the business is a very neat, tidy, well maintained three bedroom residence with a/c, heating etc situated in excellent position to all facilities with great lot of shedding all situated on a very large allotment This business has great potential and is well worthy of your consideration at the asking price of

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Many householders may not realise that many of their backyard garden plants are potentially poisonous to children and pets, as well as being potentially invasive weeds. Over 100 species of poisonous plants are available for purchase, with nearly half of these also being invasive plants, according to a World Wildlife Fund report on Poisonous and Invasive Plants in Australia. National Weeds Awareness Coordinator Andrew Clark said it’s time to be more aware of what is growing in your garden, remove any potentially harmful plants and grow only safe plants. Research information identifies that thousands of calls each year are received by Poisons Information Centres relating to exposures to plants and many people are admitted to hospitals. “Most of these issues relate to young children 0-4 years

old,” Mr Clark said. “Over the years there have been several records of accidental deaths as a result of ingestion of these plants. “Owners of pets also need to be vigilant, as invasive weeds, such as wandering Trad/Jew, are known to be harmful to dogs. The recent Weebuster Week had as its theme “Grow Me Instead” which called on gardeners to have a better knowledge of the plants growing in their back yard that are now causing billions of dollars worth of damage to farmers and the environment each year. “Gardeners should find out which plants are potentially invasive weeds and be prepared to replace them with non-invasive species,” Mr Clark said. “There are plenty of alternative plants to grow instead of invasive or poisonous plants.”

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Caring for those who care Carers and those they care for have been in the spotlight a lot this year in Roxby Downs, as the Health Forum and other community groups battle for better disability services in town. This week is Carers Week, a good time to update the community on developments being made on that front. Speaking exclusively to The Monitor, local member Lyn Breuer said she is hopeful the state government will provide funding for a needs analysis to be conducted in Roxby Downs. “I have had discussions with Minister Weatherill in Adelaide regarding disability services in Roxby and in particular the need for a needs analysis to be done,” Ms Breuer said. “He spoke to me last week and has asked his department to investigate funding options. “He indicated he may have an answer for me next week when we resume parliament, and I feel quietly confident he will find the funding for us, I am hopeful that if this is so we can get something underway by the end of the year. “We will then need to plan the future and access resources. “It is important that with the expansion of Roxby Downs we get it right for the future, and for all those families with special needs,” she said.

Carers Week is a national event which aims to promote and raise awareness of the valuable role carers play. Carers Australia Patron, Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Major General Michael Jeffery said there can be few more dedicated Australians than the 2.6 million that give of themselves to care for others. “One in eight Australians is a carer,” Major General Jeffery said. “And Carers Week provides a special opportunity to recognise the sacrifices and achievements of this wonderful group of men and women of all ages. “The rewards of caring can be great, but so are the demands, and all too often the contributions of our carers go unrecognised. “This week turns the nation’s attention on what it means to be a carer and on how much a carer’s physical, mental and emotional health, as well as their short and long term financial security, are affected by their selfless attention to those in need,” he said. Carers Week runs from October 14 20.

Local member Lyn Breuer.

Falling in love with food

A new look for mental health Mental health laws in South Australia are about to undergo an overhaul, with details just released about proposed changes to the Mental Health Act. Minister for Mental Health Gail Gago said the reform will bring the state’s mental health care into the 21st century. “It’s all part of delivering our Stepping Up model of care, providing different levels of support for different needs and ensuring that people can access that support when needed,” Minister Gago said. “The new legislation transforms the requirements around treating people with mental illness. “It allows a broader range of medical experts to require patients to undergo treatment or detention. “It also streamlines patient access to services, particularly in rural communities, reducing the need for travel to Adelaide,” she said.

This week is National Nutrition Week and the theme this year is ‘Value Yourself and Your Health’. Nutrition Australia is using the occasion to urge Australians to appreciate being able to prepare and enjoy meals together and to ‘fall in love with food’. This comes as the South Australian Government moves to ban junk food in school canteens next year. “Developing good eating and exercise habits at a young age has many long term benefits,” Project Manager of the Right Bite information sessions Maxine Panegyres said. “We want to work together with the food industry to help children and young people make healthy food and lifestyle choices.” The Right Bite strategy classifies food and drink into three categories according to nutritional value. The guide will help schools choose healthy foods for their canteens, something Nutrition Australia is keen to promote during National Nutrition Week. “Enjoying a healthy lunch is an important part of our day whether it be at home, at school or at work,” Nutrition Australia said. “As part of Nutrition week celebrations Nutrition Australia would like to encourage schools and workplaces to promote the importance of lunch.”

The reforms will allow health professionals to apprehend a person with mental illness requiring urgent care for further assessment, without an order from the police. “Patient rights are safeguarded because these orders need to be confirmed by a psychiatrist and only the Guardianship Board will be able to extend them beyond certain time limits,” Minister Gago said. “Police need only be involved in dangerous circumstances. “We have used the latest research to focus on the rights of patients and carers and the responsibilities of mental health practitioners to deliver the best ways of helping people with serious mental illness,” she said. The Mental Health Bill 2007 can be viewed at www.health.sa.gov.au/ mentalhealth until November 20. It will be introduced to Parliament early next year.

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ACROSS THE REGION SPORT Friday October 19th Roxby Downs Bowls Club Night Owls 8pm Saturday October 20th Roxby and Districts Cricket Association Rouges v Woomera at Roxby Downs 9.30am Sunday 21st October Olympic Dam v Wanderers at Roxby Downs 8.30am

Karate 6pm -8.30pm

1800 700 270

Squash 7pm - 9pm

Weight Loss Support Group Tuesday Nights. Weigh in 6pm Group Time 6:30pm – 7pm In the Roxby Downs Hospital Seminar Room. 8671 9020

Nippy Gym - Auditorium 9.30am - 11.30am

HEALTH Roxby Downs Family Practice Phone 8671 3231 Roxby Downs Medical Practice Normal hours 9:00am-5:00pm Saturday morning by appointment only. Phone 8671 1900

Monday, October 22nd Karate Auditorium Colts (Age 5-12) 6pm Juniors/Adults 6:45pm Contact Tracey Fouet 0400 894 429

Crisis Care Counselling Uniting Care Wesley Port Augusta Regional Women’s and Children’s Support Services call 1800 655 716 or call the crisis care line on 13 16 11. For immediate response if feeling stressed call 0428 326 529 to speak with a counsellor 24/7

Eyebus Woomera November 14th Andamooka November 15th Roxby Downs November 15th

Indoor soccer 6 -7pm Volleyball 7pm - 9pm

EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT Every Week

Visiting Allied Health Service Occupational Therapist Speech Pathologist Dietician Podiatrist

Tuesday, October 23rd Squash 7pm - 10pm Come-n-try soccer 3.30pm -5.30pm

Visitor Information Centre 8.30 - 5.00 Mon-Fri 9.00am - 3.00pm Sat 9.00am - 2.00pm Sun Phone 8671 2001

Child Adolescent Mental Health Services For appointments phone 1800 819089

indoor soccer 6pm - 7pm ladies Social Basketball 8.45am - 10am

Colts (Age 5-12) 6pm Juniors/Adults 6:45pm Contact Tracey Fouet 0400 894 429

Roxby Downs Community Health Walking Group for Mums With Prams every Friday morning Meet outside the Dunes Cafe at 9.30am

Women’s & Mixed netball 6pm - 9.30pm

Australian Breastfeeding Association Roxby Downs Branch October 19th 10.30am - 12 noon Ice, Ice, Baby - keeping your baby cool in the hot months Dunes Cafe

Thursday, October 25th Indoor Soccer Leisure Centre Social matches from 6pm All welcome Contact Kenton Maloney 0408 797 158

Doctors’ New Specialised Drug Telephone Number for Medicare Use.

Playgroup St Barbara’s Parish School Phone Jakki 86712323 Roxby Downs Health Services Coffee Mornings, Thursdays 9.30am to 11.am at the Dunes Café. Coffee Mornings for Families Meet and chat for all families. New comers especially welcome.

Roxby Downs Childcare Monday - Friday 6.30am-5.30pm Phone 8671 0911 for details

Mt Dare Hotel Open every day 8:00am -9:00pm, 7 days. School Terms 2007 October 15-December 14 2007 Art Gallery Exhibitions

Roxby Downs Kindergarten Phone 86710455

November RDAS Year 12 Art Exhibition RDAS Year 12 Students November 23 - December 14 Festival of Xmas Trees RD Library

Roxby Downs Market Days

December 14 – Jan 20 Collectanea Various artists from the Clay Collective

October 20th November 17th

January 4 - 25 Burning South (Photographs)

Community members welcome to attend any meeting of the Roxby Downs Community Board.

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

GENERAL INFORMATION

September 28th – Oct 31st Africa and Beyond Roy Fryer

COMMUNITY MEETINGS

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

For further details on Community matters call Michelle Hales on 8671 0010

Every Friday Playgroup

Every Sunday Raptors Cycling Club Social Bike riding group from 8am Contact Daryl Wake 0408 118 685

Cultural & Leisure Precinct Movies Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday (see schedule below) Phone 8671 2001

Hearing Services October 18th - 9.00am - 2.30pm For an appointment call 1800 006 303

Wednesday, October 24th Karate Auditorium

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

October 22nd - 9.30am- 11:00am Normal weight gains Roxby Downs Health Seminar Room Community Board October 29th - 7.30pm Council boardroom Business Forum October 31st 6.30pm

Soul Food A unique combination of quiet live music and inspirational readings from different faiths and deeper wisdom from all over the world.Sunday October 21st 11am Cultural complex art gallery Royal Flying Doctor Service Roxby Downs Auxiliary Melbourne Cup Lunch Tuesday November 6th 11am Roxby Downs Community Club Woolbalers B&S Ball 2007 Glendambo Racecourse 8pm Saturday November 24th Recovery 10am Sunday

ROXBY DOWNS CULTURAL & LEISURE PRECINCT REGULAR SCHEDULE Cultural Precinct Visitors Information centre Dunes café Art Gallery Open Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5pm Sat - 9.00am - 3.00pm Sun - 9.00am – 2.00pm Leisure Centre Gymnasium Mon – Fri 6am – 12pm 4pm - 9pm Saturday 8am - 12pm Sunday 11am - 2pm Creche for patrons of the centre Mon –Fri 8.45am-12pm Women’s only sessions Mon, Wed and Fri 12:30pm - 3pm

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Phone: 8671 2001 Fax: 8671 2021 EVENTS OUTBACK CINEMA

SPORTS CALENDAR Monday Volleyball 7pm - 9pm Karate - 6pm - 8:30pm Tuesday Ladies Social Basketball 8.45am - 10am Come-n-try Soccer 3.30 - 5.30pm Squash 7pm - 10pm Indoor Soccer 6pm - 7pm Wednesday Women’s & Mixed Netball 6-9:30pm Karate 7pm - 8:30pm Thursday Nippy Gym – Auditorium 9.30am - 11.30am Squash 7pm-9pm Indoor Soccer 6pm - 8pm Karate 6pm – 8.30pm Friday Indoor Hockey 5pm - 9.30pm

Sunday Touch Football 5pm (town oval)

Now Showing Africa & Beyond Roy Fryer Coming Soon RDAS Yr 12 Art Exhibition Pool Opening Hours General Public Mon - Fri: 3pm - 6pm Weekends: 10am - 7pm Lap Swimming Mon, Wed & Fri: 6am - 8am Mon - Thurs: 6pm - 7pm Weekends: 9am - 10am

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OCTOBER HAIRSPRAY Rated: PG Duration: 116 min Get ready for something big! Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show. Starring: John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tracy Turnblad, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden, Queen Latifah, Brittany Snow, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley, Allison Janney & Jerry Stiller Fri 19th 7.30pm Sat 20th 12noon, 7.30pm Sun 21st 12.00pm, 8pm Girls Night In

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM Rated: M Duration: 115 min This Summer Jason Bourne Comes Home. Bourne is once again brought out of hiding, this time inadvertently by London-based reporter Simon Ross who is trying to unveil Operation BlackBriar in a series of newspaper columns. Bourne (Damon) sets up a meeting with Ross (Considine) and realizes instantly they’re being scanned. Information from the reporter stirs a new set of memories, and Bourne must finally, ultimately, uncover his dark past whilst dodging The Company’s best efforts in trying to eradicate him. Sat 20th 3 pm Sun 21st 12.00pm Tues 23rd 7.00pm

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS The National Plan for Water Security The Australian Government’s $10 billion, 10-year Plan for sustainable rural water use.

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Organisations with direct links to on-farm irrigators are invited to submit an expression of interest to undertake pilot projects in partnership with the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Water Resources. The pilot projects will trial arrangements to deliver the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Programme of the National Plan for Water Security to individual irrigators. The On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency (Pilot Projects) Programme is part of the $5.9 billion Modernising Irrigation component of the National Plan for Water Security. These pilot projects will trial programme delivery arrangements with a range of organisations that have direct links to on-farm irrigators. They will also help engage irrigation stakeholders in the development and implementation of the larger and longer term investment process for the National Plan.

Election agenda for training

The national peak body representing the largest single network of employers of apprentices and trainees, Group Training Australia (GTA), has released its 2007 election Further info: rdccc@remote-access-machines.com statement ‘Maximising Gains: Adding Value – a stronger or phone: 8671 1423 role for group training in skills development’. Applications close November 2, 2007. Group training is a uniquely Australian employment and training intermediary currently employing over 40,000 apprentices and trainees. It is responsible for one in five traditional trade apprentices as well as one in five apprentices and trainees in the areas of indigenous, disability and school-based apprenticeships. 5;C5\__\gba\fT__TUbhgf`TeggXV[ab_bZl\aabiTg\baTaW With skills development and skills shortage being critical issues for both ZeXTggT_Xag!<YlbhjTagTV[T__XaZ\aZVTeXXeTaWTV[TaVX political parties to confront throughout gbXkc_beXeXfbheVXbccbegha\g\XfTfjX__TflbheT`U\g\baf the course of the upcoming election jXÀeXg[XVb`cTalYbelbh!G[\a^4[XTW!G[\a^5;C5\__\gba! campaign, GTA believes it is now time for group training to expand its sphere B?L@C<674@»4VbccXe"heTa\h``\aXB_l`c\V7T`cebVXffXf of influence. beXTaWeXÉaXfcebWhVgfbY\agXeaTg\baT_fgTaW\aZ T__bag[XbaX It is time for a new deal for group f\gX!AXTeUlEbkUl7bjaf\fT`bWXeaYh__l Xdh\ccXWgbjaf[\c training. bYTebhaW'(##cXbc_XUbTfg\aZgbc V_TffeXVeXTg\baT_V\i\V ‘Maximising Gains: Adding Value’ outlines a series of policy initiatives TaWXWhVTg\baT_YTV\_\g\Xf!G[\f\fTZeXTgc_TVXYbeYT`\_\XfTaW which would allow group training to cebYXff\baT_fgb_\iXTaWjbe^! ramp up its capacity in the areas of school to work transition, the youth labour market, retraining and returning to the workforce and the provision of JX\ai\gXeXVXagfV[bb__XTiXefgbVbaf\WXeTiTe\XglbYTcceXag\VXf[\cf infrastructure and other support within Vb``XaV\aZ\aXTe_l%##+!G[XfX_XVgXWTcceXag\VXfj\__UXX`c_blXW the vocational education sector. Ul6TeXXe8`c_bl`Xag:ebhcTaW[bfgXWgb5;C5\__\gbaj[XeXlbh It also calls for a substantial upgrade VTa_bb^YbejTeWgbceTVg\VT_XkcXe\XaVXbaf\gXTgB_l`c\V7T`TaWT in the critical area of pre-apprenticeship g[XbeXg\VT_Vb`cbaXagTgG498!4cceXag\VXf[\cfj\__UXTiT\_TU_X\ag[X and pre-vocational training. Yb__bj\aZW\fV\c_\aXfA key factor in the success of the group training network is the provision 8?86GE<64? 5E<6>?4L8EF of pastoral care and additional care and support to its apprentices and @86;4A<64?9<GG8EF 5B<?8E trainees. @4>8EF GTA’s policy statement highlights the role and value of mentoring by a group 7<8F8?@86;4A<6F training organisation and calls for this feature to be more broadly recognised GbUXVbaf\WXeXWlbh`hfgUXceXcTeXWgbTggXaWG498YbeX\Z[gjXX^f and supported when devising and bYg[XlXTeUXVb``\ggXWgb5;C5\__\gbaÀf;XT_g[FTYXgl8ai\eba`Xag implementing vocational education TaW6b``ha\glCb_\V\XfTaWFgTaWTeWfTaWWX`bafgeTgXTfgebaZ and training policy. jbe^Xg[\VTaWj\__\aZaXffgb_XTea!<WXT__llbhj\__[TiXVb`c_XgXWT As with vocational education and ceX ibVTg\baT_VbhefXTaW"beeX_XiTagjbe^XkcXe\XaVX! training in general, GTA believes there is a real need to substantially FXaWlbheTcc_\VTg\bagbX`T\_-5eXagba!5T\__\X3U[cU\__\gba!Vb`TaWfgTgX boost investment in the group training j[\V[4cceXag\VXf[\clbhceXYXegbhaWXegT^X!<a\g\T_Xadh\e\Xf`TlUX sector. W\eXVgXWgb5eXagba5T\__\Xba#++)*$+(&&be#''+,)'*+%! The primary funding vehicle for EXYAb-G@B&*(,,+!4cc_\VTg\bafV_bfXJXWaXfWTl&$BVgbUXe%##*! group training is currently the Joint 5;C5\__\gba[TfTabiXee\W\aZVb``\g`XaggbfTYXglTaWXai\eba`XagT_eXfcbaf\U\_\gl! Group Training Program (JGPT). Funding for this Program has remained at extremely low levels for too long and is now insufficient to enable group training organisations to innovate and respond to short and medium term skills training needs. 4CC?LBA?<A84G=B5F!5;C5<??<GBA!6B@ GTA is calling on the Federal Government, through ‘Maximising Gains: Adding Value’ to redress this situation by increasing its investment in the Joint Group Training Program to $100 million. This funding should then be matched dollar for dollar by all State and Territory Governments.

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The call for expressions of interest is restricted to organisations with demonstrated experience in dealing with, and having direct links to, significant numbers of on-farm irrigators. This may include: • Irrigation water providers • Commodity groups • Private corporations • Regional irrigation bodies • Regional natural resource management organisations • State agencies involved in water delivery or natural resource management Individual irrigators will not be eligible to apply directly to the Australian Government. Water savings achieved as part of the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency (Pilot Projects) Programme will be shared with irrigators. As part of each pilot project it will be a requirement that a portion of water savings must be returned to the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder on a permanent basis.



This expression of interest process has two stages. Applicants will first be required to submit a completed Expression of Interest (Short) Application Form. This will be assessed and successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. The On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency (Pilot Projects) Programme Guidelines relate to both stages. Applications close 4pm Canberra time on Monday 10 December 2007.

Irrigation Modernisation Planning Assistance Irrigation water providers are invited to apply for funding to assist them to develop integrated modernisation plans for the irrigation distribution systems within their district. Irrigation Modernisation Planning Assistance is part of the $5.9 billion Modernising Irrigation component of the Australian Government’s National Plan for Water Security. It aims to help irrigation water providers improve the efficiency of their water delivery distribution systems. The funding is restricted to irrigation water providers. Irrigation water providers must also offer a minimum cash co-contribution of 20 per cent of total cost of the irrigation modernisation planning exercise. Irrigation water providers will be eligible to apply for up to $500,000 to develop modernisation plans and to undertake more detailed modernisation implementation planning. Modernisation plans are a prerequisite under the National Plan for Water Security, however, successfully obtaining planning proposal funding does not guarantee future funding. Applications close 4pm Canberra time on Monday 19 November 2007.

For guidelines and application forms visit our website at www.environment.gov.au/water/programs or telephone 1800 218 478. The On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Programme and Irrigation Modernisation Planning Funding Assistance are separate from the Irrigation Management Grant component of the Drought Assistance package that was announced on 25 September 2007 by the Prime Minister. For more information about Irrigation Management Grants available to irrigators in the Murray-Darling Basin call the Drought Assistance Hotline on 13 23 16 or visit www.daff.gov.au/droughtassist hmaC072226

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survey of its type in Australia, the AMA asked general practitioners, other specialists, salaried doctors, and junior doctors working in rural Australia to rate the importance of 25 different policy proposals to improve rural health care. “Extra funding and improved staffing levels at rural hospitals were top priorities named by all groups of doctors,” Dr Haikerwal said.

Relevant experience and/or qualifications essential. Full-time position, job share considered.

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Better resources for rural hospitals and consistent national assessment for overseas trained doctors were the two most pressing issues identified by rural doctors in a groundbreaking new national survey released by the AMA. “Hospital closures, outdated equip-

ment, long working hours, a continuing reliance on OTDs, and insufficient funding are all issues that were raised by the survey respondents again and again,” Dr Haikerwal said. “It is clear from the survey that in many respects rural doctors simply need more support to do their work and look after the health of their communities.” In the first extensive national

Facilities Management • Woomera, SA • Facilities Coordinator & Facilities Scheduling Officer Are you stuck in a rut in your current role? Have you ever thought you may like to work interstate or wondered what other states in Australia may have to offer in the way of recreational activities outside of work? If so, the following Outback roles may be of interest to you! BAE Systems is one of the largest systems, defence and aerospace Companies in the world. It operates at the heart of Australia’s defence capability combining key skills in engineering and systems integration to be a leading provider of communications, electronic warfare systems, military air support, air defence, mission support systems, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Headquartered at Edinburgh Parks, South Australia, the company has 2,700 employees nationally at over 50 locations. To meet the needs of our close knit team in Woomera, South Australia (180km north of Port Augusta/475km north of Adelaide), applications are now sought for two roles within the Facilities Management team. A role in Woomera offers both a great career opportunity coupled with a unique Australian outback lifestyle. The community is friendly and the facilities are outstanding. Reporting to the Facilities Manager, the Facilities Coordinator and Scheduling Officer will be responsible for the coordination of the local contract’s Facilities Services. The roles will have the principal responsibility for management and scheduling of preventive and corrective maintenance of all buildings, facilities and fixed plant and equipment, and will monitor work performance and staff structures to ensure optimum employment of funds. Ideal applicants will have tertiary qualifications (or be near to completing) in administration/facilities management or similar and demonstrated experience in developing and managing facilities maintenance programs. Applicants will also need to have experience in managing subcontractor performance and budgets and contractual, legal, statutory and corporate requirements. Personally, applicants will need a high level of analytical and problem solving skills, excellent written and verbal communications skills and demonstrated leadership abilities. It is preferable that applicants for the Facilities Coordinator vacancy have a trade background. Applicants must be Australian citizens or eligible to apply for citizenship to meet defence security requirements. To learn about these roles and the world of opportunity at BAE Systems, please visit: www.baesystemscareers.com.au www.themonitor.com.au

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Seminars on Safety South Australia’s regions will be well served by this year’s premier workplace safety event, Safe Work 2007, which begins next week. From Monday scores of workshops on various aspects of occupational health, safety and welfare will be held in Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Kadina, Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Roxby Downs, Nuriootpa, Murray Bridge, Berri, Bordertown and Mt. Gambier. A major highlight over the fortnight will see SafeWork SA’s new Mining and Major Hazard Facilities Team combine with industry giants, BHP Billiton, Santos, OneSteel, HWE Mining and Nyrstar (formerly Zinifex), along with the Australian Workers Union. Together they will stage an unprecedented roadshow to present workshops on mining and major hazard facilities safety in Roxby Downs, Port Pirie and Whyalla. Key speaker will be the Mining Team’s leader, Simon Ridge, a 30 year veteran in mining both in Australia and overseas, and one of the nation’s leading safety incident

investigators. Inspectors Sandra Voumard and Stephen Dohnt of SafeWork SA’s Primary and Community Team will present workshops on Rural Safety in Mt. Gambier and Nuriootpa. Inspector Dohnt is also a farmer and will bring first hand experience and insight to this session on how to identify and control the many hazards in a rural workplace. Fairs, Shows and Field Days are key events in the social calendars of regional communities, but the law requires that all practicable steps be taken to ensure the safety of workers and patrons. To explain the fundamentals of event safety management, SafeWork SA OHS Adviser, Sandy Nanos will host seminars in Port Pirie, Whyalla, Port Augusta and Murray Bridge. These should be a must for anyone involved with organising small to medium social events and fundraisers. Other regional workshops will cover topics such as asbestos awareness, OHS for small businesses, young people entering a workplace, and OHS in employment agreements.

Council Snippets Opal Road Landfill Opening Hours The Opal Road Landfill Opening Hours are 1pm – 6pm, seven days a week. Residents are encouraged to utilise this FREE service as the dumping of litter in reserves or lands surrounding the town attract an expiation penalty fee of $315.00 as per the Local Government Act. Advertising on Council Infrastructure Advertising on Council infrastructure such as light poles can attract expiation notices under the Local Government Act. If you spot any such advertising please notify the Council. Dog Registration Dog Registrations for 2007/08 financial year are now overdue. Grace period for registration expired on 31 August 2007. Therefore an $80 expiation fee can apply, plus an expiation fee of $80 for every14 days the dog remains unregistered. Rates First Quarterly instalment notices have been issued. Due date for the first instalment was 1st October 2007. Please contact Bronnie Warren at the Council on 86710010 if you have not received your notice. Water. & Electricity Water: Accounts for September 2007 quarterly billing have now been issued and are due for payment on 15th November, 2007. Electricity: Accounts for September 2007,quarterly billing have now been issued and are due for payment 5th Novermber 2007. Parking Please be aware that there has been an increase in the expiation fee for parking in a bus zone, it has gone up to $73 from $47. Justice of the Peace

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Following up on the Fire Danger Season article in last week’s paper, The Monitor approached BHP Billiton to ask what the company is doing to fire proof its company housing. To remind all readers, the Roxby Downs Council approached The Monitor requesting a notice be placed advising residents of the need to clean up their properties ahead of Fire Danger Season. Water and Sewage Manager Trevor Kroemer said trees or shrubs touching houses must be tidied up and any fuel lying around on the property must be removed. Should Roxby residents not comply with the council’s requests, notices will be issued. “The dry weather is causing things to dry off quickly, so householders need to remove anything that could allow a fire to run on their property,” Mr Kroemer said. BHP Billiton Vice President Human Resources Paul Walters said BHP Billiton employees in company housing must maintain the yards and gardens themselves. “BHP Billiton employs contract gardeners to maintain all of our vacant housing, including those leased by the company, as well as the one bedroom unit clusters,” Mr Walters said. “With tenanted housing, part of the employee’s responsibility is to maintain the yards and gardens and this is monitored through routine inspections. “BHP Billiton will provide all tenants with a copy of the Fire Danger Season advice Council is issuing to the community and will also advise tenants to contact the Town Office if they need professional assistance to remove trees etc from their properties,” he said. OPEN 7 DAYS

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13.10.47 A Roll Book and a supply of stationary arrived on the last mail, also a note about blackboards which seem to be on their way. A dance was held on Saturday night in aid of School funds and about three pounds was raised. There is to be a Euchre evening next Saturday. There is no Calender here, and we took last Monday as Labour Day, and are therefore working this Monday. Melva was away all of last week, as her mother was away and she had to mind the children and keep house. Bill is away for a week visiting a dentist, as he has suffered from toothache for several weeks. Some more books arrived, easing the situation slightly, but there are more cases to come, being the ones with literary books and readers in them. 20.10.47 On Saturday night a Euchre tournament was held in the School in aid of Committee Funds. A large number was present. The mail driver has not yet brought any more of my books, and difficulty is being encountered in finding sufficient reading matter. A dug out is being constructed for me, and I hope to move in next weekend. 21.11.47 The rest of my books have now arrived and things are now easier. A cupboard was given to the School by Mr Greenfield, of Purple Downs Station, which has proved extremely useful. 28.11.47 Two new scholars arrived today, bringing the number to 13. Mrs Petherick has gone for a short holiday, taking the children, so there are two less attending at present. During the recent rain, the boys lavatory filled with water, and a new one will have to be constructed. 28.11.47 The blackboards have not as yet arrived. They may be at Pimba awaiting transport as the driver can not take all of the goods that arrive. A flue has arrived for the stove, and a collection of boards which, I take it, are meant to go under the stove. The stove is not as yet in the school, and there may be some difficulty in putting it in, considering the type of roof we have. 11.12.47 Two blackboards have now arrived, but no easels. They may be at Pimba. Grenfells are leaving on Sunday. Alf has had no luck lately; but they hope to return next year when he has made a bit of money. Most of the people on the field have left, and will not return until after the hot weather in February and March.

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Ruth Baas “I haven’t decided yet, but who knows when the election will be called anyway.”

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Roxby Districts Cricket kicks off new season Rogues, resplendent in their new red “baggies”, got season 07-08 off to a great start with a solid five wicket win over reigning premiers Wanderers at Roxby oval on Saturday morning. After dismissing the Swaggies for 149 on the first ball of the 40th over they easily reached the required total with eleven overs to spare on the back of a half century from opener Randall Wyatt and a punishing 49 n.o. by Andy Clafton. Brad Bennett 43, at first drop and opener Ryan Selkirk with 40 were the mainstays of Wanderer‘s batting that succumbed to the bowling of Clafton with 3 wickets and Sam Netherey, Kane Benson and Jeff Martlew with two each. SCORES Wanderers 10/149 B Bennett 43, Selkirk 40, Rob Paxton 14, Ryan Paxton 12. Clafton 3/19, Netherey 2/16, Martlew 2/17, Benson 2/21, Wyatt 1/9, Catches: Benson 2, Wyatt, Ness Wanderers opener Ryan Selkirk about to dispatch this ball to the boundary. lost to ger bowling effort from the home side led by SCORES Rogues 5/154 Olympic Dam 10/112 Wyatt 65, Clafton 49no, Barnes 18, Kamon- Joey Payne and newcomer Brad Cox with three scalps each. Eckermann 25, D McEvoy 21, Botes 11 ski 11no. Faced with a relatively small total of 113 Payne 3/14, Cox 3/39, Pillar 2/14, Blatchford Selkirk 2/40, Ryan Paxton 2/47, Bennett for victory, regular evergreen openers Wally 1/18, Searle 1/22 1/18 Broome and Chris Pillar blunted the new ball Catches: Payne, Staines, Searle Catches: Grimston, Rob Paxton attack of their opponents and kept the scorers lost to Woomera 4/115 Pillar 54, Broome 26, Staines 10 The Woomera Redbacks broke through busy with an opening stand of 79 runs to pave Hoffmann 2/26, B McEvoy 1/4, D McEvoy for their first win in 20 months when they the way for victory in the 36th over. A minute’s silence was observed before the 1/5 soundly defeated last season’s grand finalist Catches: D McEvoy, Nicholson, Kothari Olympic Dam by six wickets under lights at match in honour of the recently deceased Bob Spooner whose contribution to sport in Next week: Saturday - Rogues v Woomera at Woomera. A communication lapse saw the match start the district is to be recognized with a shield Woomera 4.30pm Sunday - Wanderers v Olympic Dam late but there were no other excuses for what that these two teams will play for in the fu8.30am was a poor batting performance against an ea- ture.

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ITS HERE!! The inaugural Roxby Downs Red Dunes Classic Triathlon is being held this Saturday. You’ve come through the training and done the hard work, ensure you make the most of your experience in the Triathlon by remembering the basics during the race; * Take time to warm up before the race or before your event. * Ensure you are well hydrated before the race. * Have a drink at the drink stations if needed. * Have some recovery snacks within 30 minutes of finishing the race. * Cool down after the event. * Familiarise yourself with the course before the race. * Read your race rules. * If you sustain an injury during the race, seek out medical advice from the medical teams along the course. * Bring your support crew!! Registration desk will be located in the club car park, outside of the Youth Centre. Desk will be open from 7am on the day. All competitors must attend to collect their race number and race pack. Swim start times will be posted on the registration notice board. Competitor briefings will be at 8.30am sharp – all competitors to attend.

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The Port River is producing plenty of nice Mulloway. Birkenhead Bridge is a great spot to try your luck. The early captures have been taken on soft plastics. Light 10lb gear is resulting in hour long fights. Baits will also get results. We however suggest you watch a local in action or ask a tackle store operator regarding the soft plastic manouveres required to catch these monsters.

Murray Mouth action has started with a few legal fish recently being landed. Shiners still work well here and a slow retrieve is necessary for the Mulloway to strike. Semaphore has a few yellow fin whiting in the shallows. Pt Riley produced a nice Snapper & a few ruggers from the rocks last weekend as the water cleared. Back Beach at Streaky has big Salmon early in the mornings biting on pilchards.

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Boaties Graham Neilson at the RDGC twilight golf meeting earlier this month. The Roxby D owns G olf Club announced its 2007 Matchplay Champion on Saturday. Tony Brand, former Treasurer, who will move overseas later this month, defeated Mark Dillon in a nail biting match to win the championship. In the regular rounds, RDGC members competed in the Nobles Stableford Competition.

The Overall Winner was Joel Roberts, Craig Smith took out Division 1, Ben Chinner won Division 2 and Adele Wallace won the Ladies Competition. The Longest Drive in Division 1 was hit by Robert Gray, in Division 2 by Tony Brand. Robin Passmore was Nearest the Pin in Division 1, Mark Eberhard in Division 2.

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Snapper captures are just starting to kick back into action. Beasts like this one should be schooling soon.

The Leeton wreck south of Whyalla has a nice school of Snapper on it. Closer grounds of The Mudbanks also has fish and a feed is easily accessible. Squid have improved out from the Marino Cliffs. Port Elliot has a school of tommies frequenting the jetty late on most afternoons. The Narrow in Glenelg River has big bream and nice Mulloway for those with tinnies or canoes. Slow trolling of Sp’s or hard body lures will reward.

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Woomera feels the burn Triathlon in the Red Dunes Woomera residents will be toning up and slimming down, with around 40 community members signing up to take part in the second annual Woomera Fitness Challenge. “We have modelled this year’s Fitness Challenge on the one run last year, which was an enormous success, with Woomera residents losing over 100kgs,” Woomera Board Secretary Nadia Mienie said. “To take part people need to go down to the hospital for an initial weigh in and then join in on the various activities during the week. “We have put together a Fitness Challenge calendar, which lists all the events we have arranged so people can join in on any day

they want and choose which activities they want to do,” she said. Two gym instructors from Roxby Downs, Vickie Hockley and Meg Elliot, will be travelling to Woomera to support the challengers, providing gym assessments, training programs and assistance with gym training. “It is a great opportunity for community members to get fit,” Ms Mienie said. “I am doing it myself. “I am hoping to lose a few kilos, get fitter and lose some of the flab I have collected since moving to Australia,” she said. For more information about the Woomera Fitness Challenge visit the Community Centre or call 8674 3226.

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Roxby Raptors in training for this weekend’s triathlon.

STOP THE PRESS! Exciting news just in, The Monitor’s newest feature writer, Mel Monitor is expecting a very special delivery in early November. It seems that Roxby’s reputation as a fertility enhancer is well earned, and works on lizards as well as humans. “Mick and I are so excited,” Mrs Monitor said yesterday, showing Monitor staff photos of her two little bundles of joy. “Of course, the delivery was horrible,

poor Mick, I’m sure he’s never been called so many names in his life, but look what we have to show for it! “The babies are due to hatch on the 2nd of November, so I’ll be stocking up on crickets and small insects to feed them when they arrive. “Mick has been hard at work too, extending the burrow to put in a nursery, then we’ll just sit back, put our feet up and wait,” she said.

Competitors have been in heavy training for this weekend’s inaugural BHP Billiton Roxby Downs Red Dunes Classic triathlon. The Junior course gets underway at 8am on Saturday morning followed by the Junior teams at 8.30am. The open Seniors will start at 9am followed by the Senior teams at 9.30am. The Senior teams event is expected to be filled with rivalry as the Olympic Dam Expansion unit from Adelaide have entered two teams to go up against teams from OD. However The Monitor’s sources have told the newspaper that the ODX teams will not arrive in town until 8.30 on Saturday morning which means they’ll be jet-lagged, stiff and tired. They’ll need to get from the airport to the

swimming pool at the recreation centre for the start of the race. President and Chief Operating Officer for BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam Dean Dalla Valle has been in training with the Roxby Raptors Cycling Club in preparation for the triathlon. The Seniors course consists of a 400 metre swim followed by a 20 kilometre bike ride and ends with a quick 5 kilometre run. The bike and run legs of the course will basically utilise the circuit around Olympic Way and Burgoyne street with the transition in the car park behind the Roxby Downs club. More than 50 competitors are expected to line up for the event which is expected to be completed within an hour.

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