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By Vanessa Switala round 200 participants helped raise $41,000 for the Roxby Downs Relay for Life last weekend.

The ďŹ nal amount of money raised will not be known for another four weeks when a thank you event will be held. Relay for Life is one of the most popular and successful fundraising events in the world. It provides an opportunity for the community to band together and celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer and ďŹ ght back against disease that has taken too much from too many. The event which was held over Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, saw 16 teams walk around the Roxby Town Oval for 19 hours to support the cause. Co-Chairperson Kate Pedersen began the Relay for Life stating it was a day to celebrate survivors and remember loved ones. “Today we are taking the steps toward a cancer free future and it is all with your help,â€? she said. Cancer survivor Tracey Warneke opened the

Relay for Life with a moving oath. “In the name of all Relay for Life participants, I conďŹ rm that we are here today to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors, to support those ďŹ ghting cancer and to honour those that we have lost. Our commitment will be symbolised in every step that we take, each and every one moving us nearer to our goal, the goal of a cancer free world for future generations,â€? she said. Roxby Downs’ ďŹ ve cancer survivors; Robert ‘Specky’ Speck, Rick ‘Rooster’ Hansen, Tracey Warneke, Kate Donohue and Coral Ipsen completed the ďŹ rst lap for the relay followed by 25 carers. A Candlelight Ceremony was one of the most moving parts of the event. Co-Chairperson Ms Pedersen said, “It’s a time to remember those we have lost to cancer, a time to remember the struggle of those who have battled cancer and won and to remind ourselves that by choosing to make a dierence we honour those that we love and those that we have lost.â€? “No one with cancer is alone, even though they may feel it sometimes. Your strength and determination to make a dierence gives hope

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for the future and strength to those ďŹ ghting cancer. “Like the light of many candles together you shine brightly when a single candle is lit, it can light up a whole room, light the way in a lantern or simply be the beacon to mark the way home; the more candles that are lit, the stronger the light and the easier the journey,â€? she stated. Ms Pedersen added, “Every person aected by cancer has their own journey and each person’s journey will be dierent to others.â€? A moving speech was given by Lorraine Gum, a brave woman who lost her partner Barry and youngest son Troy to cancer. Her partner Barry was diagnosed with cancer in April 2009 and lost his ďŹ ght by the end of July, 2009. Her 21-year-old son Troy passed away from pancreatic cancer and lymphoma in April this year. Loving tributes were laid around the track carrying messages for loved ones. The candles burnt throughout the night as participants continued to walk. Co-Chairperson Regina Qualmann commenced the Candlelight Ceremony, “Tonight we light three candles of life. These ames will celebrate the past, the present and the future.â€? The ďŹ rst ame was lit by Kath Macalister. “The ďŹ rst candle is a torch of remembrance that burns deep within, the light that keeps the memories alive; a symbol of our never-ending love,â€? stated Mrs Qualmann. Cameron Macleod lit the candle of today. Mrs Qualmann explained, “This is the light of today. The joy of growth, the strength, the courage and the passion of life; a symbol of love and support.â€? Lastly, Kim Reimann lit the candle of the future. “This is the ame of the future. A ďŹ re to ignite the darkness ahead.; a symbol of hope,â€? Mrs Qualmann said. A small table was set for one symbolising the fact that some loved ones were missing from the gathering. Participants were able to write messages to their loved ones on the tablecloth. Committee member Amy Cox explained the symbolic nature of the table. “The chair is emp-

ty; many of those who fought the battle with cancer are no longer with us. But rather than morn their loss we choose to celebrate their life,â€? she said. “The table is small, symbolising the frailty of a single patient sometimes alone in the ďŹ ght against his or her disease. “The tablecloth is white, symbolic of the medical profession. The single rose in the vase symbolises the enduring love of their families and friends. “A slice of lemon on the plate reminds us of the bitter battle against the deadly disease. A battle fought by more than 1.3 million patients each year. “The salt sprinkled on the plate reminds us of the countless tears and personal anguish shared by patients and those shed by family and friends. The glass converted in memory of those people who are not here to join us for the celebration of success. But the candle represents the light of hope that lives in the hearts of all of us,â€? she concluded. Awards were provided during the event. Ben Cooke from the Sleep Walkers won the Miss Relay Champion award, along with Mel Rigden winning the Miss Outrageous award also for the Sleep Walkers. The team who fund-raised the most was Headings Heroes with over $10,000. The Highest Number of Laps was completed by The Nerds and the best Theme went to Pink. Best Team Baton was awarded to Rock the Pack and Best Team Banner was The Nerds. The Jocks claimed Best Team Mailbox and Best Campsite went to Headings Heroes. Masks of Sedexo won the Highest Team Points and The Most Sun Smart team were the Sleep Walkers. Best Dressed Male went to Specky in the Old Skool team and best dressed female was awarded to Karen Russell in the Pink team. Various family entertainment was provided over the two-days including the Roxby Academy of Dance, Saint Barbara’s Parish School choir, silent auctions, jumping castle, face painting, local band ‘Four Shadz of Soul’, DJ Josh and Bluelight.

South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill made a fleeting visit to Roxby Downs on the weekend. Mr Weatherill and his family spent the weekend in the region visiting Woomera, Roxby Downs, Glendambo and Coober Pedy. The Premier had a number of meetings with councils and local businesses during the trip. Picture right is Premier Jay Weatherill with local police officers Sam Corneliusen and Kieran Baggoley at Market Day on Saturday.


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frican Soul and master drummer Bortier Okoe who recently performed at the Roxby World Food and Music Festival are offering a four-week intensive unique tour to Ghana for Roxby residents.

William Kapitola (right) and his younger brother Harry had a conducted tour of the Roxby Downs Police Station with Senior Sergeant Terry Boylan recently. By Vanessa Switala


he Roxby Downs police go above and beyond within the community to assist in any way possible. Recently, four-year-old William was to attend an excursion to the police station with his Roxby Downs Kindergarten class, but due to a family holiday missed out on the opportunity. His mother, Jessie Kapitola contacted the station last week to ask if they were able to show William and her two-and-a-half-year-old son Harry around the station. “They happily agreed and the boys had an amazing visit,” explained Mrs Kapitola. “Senior Sergeant Terry Boylan showed us around. We got to visit the cells, have finger prints and mug shots taken, (the boys saw themselves) on surveillance camera and had a go in the police car.

“Snr Sgt Terry was even kind enough to take some photos for us and drop them around to our house,” explained Mrs Kapitola. She added, “This has been the absolute highlight of the holidays for the boys; they haven’t stopped talking about it since we left.” Mrs Kapitola told The Monitor, “Will said, ‘Mum, I love Terry, he’s my new friend!’” “They are looking forward to seeing him around town,” she added. Mrs Kapitola stated the police do a vital job in the community. “As parents, we think it’s really important to teach our kids to respect these officers (and) Terry certainly made this an easy lesson for us.” As part of the kindergarten curriculum the children have been learning about ‘protective practices’. Roxby Downs Kindergarten

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Teacher Adam Christie said protective practices are an important part of early childhood education and are about keeping children safe. “The kindergarten has been using the Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum which is a mandatory curriculum for all Department of Education and Child Development sites,” he explained. “The purpose of the curriculum is to help children to learn to recognise abuse, develop ways of protecting themselves against abuse, and recognise their own feelings and those of others.” Mr Christie said as part of the discussion at kindergarten the children have been thinking about feeling safe and the right to be safe, our feelings and people who can be trusted. “Hence, a trip to the police station was definitely in order,” Mr Christie explained.

Participants will live amongst the community in a small town called Nungua and learn traditional rhythms, songs and dances. There will be opportunities to take part in live performances, attend performances by renowned performer and learn to cook traditional Ghanaian food. Participants can also learn how to balance water on your head and witness traditional ceremonies. Locally made drums and instruments are available for purchase during the tour. During the tour there are also opportunities to visit Accra’s busiest

market, beaches, cafes and bars. Special weekend excursions are held to learn about Ghana’s history and slave trade at historical Cape Coast. Kakum National Park provides exquisite rainforests and is famous for its Canopy Walkway. The opportunity to teach in a local school for a day is also provided or other various volunteer projects can be arranged. The tour is held annually and cost $3,699 with an early bird discount available. The cost includes drum and dance tuition, meals, accommodation, transport and entertainment. No prior drumming or dance experience is necessary. For more information contact Bortier Okoe on 0413 953 855 or Alternatively visit his websites at or www.telematour.

BHP Billiton to shut down smelter


By Vanessa Switala

HP Billiton will shut down the smelter at Olympic Dam for 27 days in December. BHP Billiton said reduction in throughput in the September quarter had affected mining operations. A BHP Billiton spokesperson


told The Monitor, “The reduction in throughput at Olympic Dam, described in BHP Billiton’s quarterly production report released (last week), was only temporary and we are still planning to deliver full year production as planned.” The almost month long outage in December is to address maintenance issues. “Outages are part of our

planned maintenance strategy and an outage of this size typically occurs every three years,” the spokesperson said. “Normal operations will continue elsewhere across site.” BHP Billiton did not respond to questions about how many jobs this will affect over the shut down period.

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ast week police officers from the Traffic Drug Testing Group based in Adelaide drug tested over 30 drivers in Roxby Downs with only one positive reading.

Senior Constable Brett Croser shows Roxby resident Denise Boylan how the drug test works.

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A Defence Department spokeswoman said the Hercules C130 aircraft, which had 36 passengers on board, was forced to return to Woomera after it experienced an electrical issue with engine number two. She said there were no reports of injuries. The plane safety landed just after 11.30am. “(The pilot) followed emergency procedure, which is to shut down the engine and proceed to the nearest airfield,” she said. RAAF will now conduct safety checks to determine the problem.

South Australian Planning Minister John Rau has approved a development plan amendment which makes more land available for housing and industry. It also allows construction of a village for temporary workers and a new airport, two measures proposed for the now-mothballed mine expansion. The Government currently is considering a request from BHP Billiton to extend a mining indenture agreement which covers the mine expansion, as the current one will expire in mid-December.

Royal Australian Air Force aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing last Wednesday morning after experiencing electrical faults near Woomera.

pprovals have been granted for a doubling in size of the mining town of Roxby Downs in the far north of South Australia despite BHP Billiton’s decision to shelve its expansion plan for the nearby Olympic Dam copper, gold and uranium mine.

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Senior Constable First Class Frank Barbarioli and Senior Constable Brett Croser were in the Roxby Downs area for five days but spent 24 hours in Roxby Downs. The positive drug test reading was registered by a 52-year-old male in Andamooka and his vehicle was seized. Sen-Constable Barbarioli and Sen-Constable Croser were focusing on alcohol, drug driving and speeding as part of their on-going work across the State. Senior Constable Kieran Baggoley from the Roxby Downs Police Station said the drug test mouth swabs detect cannabis and amphetamines. “The sample gets taken away for testing and if it comes up positive the person will lose their licence,” he stated. “There is now a police officer in town who is drug driving qualified and we are going to get the necessary instruments up here to make sure we can enforce it.” Sen-Constable Baggoley added, “The days of being able to take cannabis and not have to worry about being stopped and identified are very soon going to be over.” Members of the Drug Driver Detection Group are deployed on a state wide basis. Between October 11 and 15, patrols conducted operations in the far northern area of South Australia including in the towns of Port Augusta, Woomera, Coober Pedy and Roxby Downs as part of their normal deployment. A total of 134 drivers were tested with nine returning a positive drug result and two exceeding the prescribed alcohol limit. A total of 31 infringement notices were issued for other various traffic offences, two cars were impounded and 12 cars were defected for being roadworthy. Superintendent Bob Fauser, Officer in Charge Traffic Support Branch said, “Alcohol and drugs continue to be primary causes of road trauma and that despite repeated publicity and warnings; it is disappointing that so many motorists continue to have little regard for their safety or that of others. These people made poor choices and in doing so, they placed all of us at risk.”

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All Souls night in Andamooka A

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ndamooka resident Josef Sach is holding an All Souls night at the Andamooka cemetery at dusk on Friday, November 2. The event is celebrated all over the world, in some countries it is a national holiday. “The Spanish speaking countries are really dedicated to the event,” Mr Sach explained. “For the last 10 years I’ve been coming to the Andamooka cemetery and lighting a candle for the graves here. I started when my father passed away in 1999. For the first few years I would put a candle on my Dad’s grave, but then I started putting a

candle on all the graves here. “I’m making it a yearly event, and I hope someone can take over from me if I happen to be unable to continue.” Mr Sach said he knows most of the people who are buried at the Andamooka cemetery, including old friend Bobbie ‘Bookie’ Panoch who enjoyed his rum. “I like to put a shot of rum on his grave,” Mr Sach smiled. “Bookie Panoch was like a second father to me, and he asked to have candle at his grave so he wasn’t in the dark and could see where he was going. I remember he used to have a boot with a sign saying ‘Boot Hill’ sa and an arrow pointan ing, but someone in ggot offended by it, kknocked it over and ccrushed it. That bothered him a lot. “I said, you re-

member that sign you had hung up, do you want that on your headstone because once it’s there nobody can crush it? So that’s the history of the ‘Boot Hill’ sign.” When Mr Sach visited Europe he noticed most of the graves always had candles in them. “They were clean with fresh flowers and always well maintained, whereas people here tend to bury their loved ones and then move on and forget about them. I saw a woman looking after the grave of a relative of mine, who didn’t even know her – it was as if she was still remembered by this lovely woman and that someone was still caring.” All Souls celebrations can be dated back to the ancient Aztec civilisation, and traced all the way to modern Mexico where the event is called ‘Day of the Dead’. Residents visit the graves of their loved ones where they place their favourite belongings, including favourite foods and beverages. In Mexico all banks are closed and it is national holiday. People can spend the entire night at the graves, and

the atmosphere is warm and friendly, sharing stories about those whom they are celebrating. The traditional Mexican flower, the golden marigold, is also used to honour the dead, and when they are placed in large numbers, the cemeteries are said to take on a golden appearance which is a site to behold. While perhaps not as majestic, Mr Sach said the candles at the Andamooka cemetery is a special experience for residents and visitors. “I’ve got electric candles if the wind blows up. Last year we had about 30 people here, bringing a drink and pulling up a chair - it’s beautiful to see a candle on every grave. Everyone who comes always enjoys the night and comes back the next year.” Mr Sach said everyone is welcome. “By acknowledging the people here, they are at peace too. You don’t need to know someone here to enjoy the night – it’s a pleasant evening where we can sit down and have a drink, light a candle and enjoy spending time remembering those who have passed on.”

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Archer’s Arcadia on show in Roxby By Vanessa Switala


avid Archer’s installation ‘Archer’s Arcadia’ is currently on show in the Dunes Café as part of the Country Arts SA Visual Arts Touring Program.

The display will only be on show until Sunday, October 28 and then will move on to Burra and Port Pirie. David Archer is a South Australian ‘automata’ artist and Archer’s Arcadia consists of interactive sculptures which require the audience to turn handles, push buttons or look through lenses at working dioramas. Mr Archer hand-crafts all of his works with many of the components being constructed from scrapped machinery and recycled materials. “I use recycled materials because they have a lot of character before I even start with them and a history of their own,” Mr Archer stated. His works provide an escape into fantasy or give humorous insights into the human condition. Mr Archer’s interactive machines have captivated audiences at Womadelaide, SALA, the Jam Factory and the Bay Discovery Centre. “My work is nostalgic and investigates art, science and mechanics on several levels,” said the contemporary artist. “Quite often, a work will be a little bit mysterious on the outside; it won’t tell all, but once you look inside the chamber and

wind the handle or drop a coin in, something happens inside and suddenly the viewer is laughing. I guess to me that is the reward of having interactive work.” Mr Archer told The Monitor, “One of the rewards for me as an artist is the chuckle someone has as they look into one of the little scenarios I have created!” “My work is inspired by turn of the century arcade, circus and sea-side carnival works. What I’m trying to do is transform a traditional gallery into a carnival space,” he explained. “It’s amazing how ordinary rooms have been transformed into this space with all the trimmings I have supplied. “It’s transforming a traditional space into a circus tent. People are encouraged to interact with the work.” Mr Archer said the installation has been developed over time to become “a travelling carnival show.” He originally was a boiler maker and welder before he made the move into art. “That is a trade that has followed with me because I use those skills every day,” he explained. “I left the trade and took a risk, and did a four year degree in ceramic design. I left the trade because I was doing art at night and in my spare time and I guess I was frustrated with not being able to express myself artistically. “From that I discovered my true passion which is the automata, hand cranked sculp-

Woomera Prohibited Site open for exploration By Vanessa Switala


ew regulations released recently will allow easy access for mining companies to explore the Woomera Prohibited Area. It is estimated, the area adjacent to the WPA (Woomera Protected Area) contains 80 per cent of the nation’s uranium resource, more than 60 per cent of Australia’s known copper resource, significant deposits of iron-ore, gold and other minerals. Minister for Mineral Resources Development, Tom Koutsantonis said the State Government is strategically investing $2 million for mapping the area to assist in fast tracking exploration. “This is about fast tracking the discovery of South Australia’s hidden mineral resources in one of the most prospective regions of the State,” he stated. “The WPA already hosts more than 150 active exploration licences, more than 80 applications for licences and also features operating mines including Challenger, Prominent Hill, Peculia Knob and Cairn Hill.” Mr Koutsantonis added, “But exploration is only the start- our great hope is that exploration will lead to world-class discoveries within the WPA that will join the pipeline of major projects already under development in the State.” “We all know hot prospective Olym-

pic Dam is, well if that is the elephant then we will find the herd in the WPA,” Mr Koutsantonis concluded. Premier Jay Weatherill also welcomed the unlocking of the WPA and said it is, “one of the most significant milestones for the advancement of South Australia’s rapidly expanding resources sector.” The Federal Government announced a Deed of Access for resource exploration is in place and Mr Weatherill stated mining companies could now move in and begin drilling. “The mining industry now has access to an area about the size of England – an area conservatively estimated to hold more than $35 billion of mineral wealth,” explained Mr Weatherill. “But with this Deed of Access agreement… we expect this area to rapidly become one of Australia’s most significant resource provinces.” Jason Kuchel, Chief Executive of the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) said, “There were deeds of access before but this will help.” He told The Monitor, restrictions are more onerous than before but now mining companies can get a deed of access whereas before it was not certain they would. The announcement comes weeks after BHP Billiton shelved the $30 billion Olympic Dam expansion plan.

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Handcrafted items as part of the Arcadia Show.

tures,” he added. Mr Archer is now a full-time technician in ceramic and glass at the University of South Australia but works on his art in his spare time. Mr Archer’s favourite piece in the collection is ‘Tommy Tantrum.’ He explained the legs which the diorama stands on are from an old dining table. “(Tommy Tantrum is) a bit scary because he just stands there most of the time, but his eyes move left to right. Then when you push the button Tommy is having a bit of a tantrum and he has broken all of his toys and he does a bit of a dance. It’s pretty funny,” he explained. Mr Archer told The Monitor the next project is a full-sized elephant. “It’s made of leather and Papier Mache but its very old. She’s quite beautiful… (and) could be from the 1940s,” he stated. Country Arts SA’s Chief Executive Officer Mr Steve Saffell said, “We are delighted to be touring David Archer’s engaging show as part of the Visual Arts Touring Program. David’s works transform a space and fascinate adults and children alike.” The free installation creates an atmosphere of carnival excitement and appeals to all ages. Some works can be purchased. For more information visit the Archer’s Arcadia website at

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Who is joking? Why would we trade Josh Rose for Kurt Tippet? Josh wants to play here and is a team man. Miners Fan Shouldn’t have to worry too much longer about refugee arrivals on Christmas Island. Indonesia must have only a few fishing boats left by now! Or is our inept Government giving the boats back so they can continue this illegal transport of people to Australia. Another 500 arrivals in one weekend – we are the joke of Asia.

To those who organised the Food and Music Festival – well done! What a fabulous family event embracing all cultures in Roxby Downs. We would be the envy of all regional towns hosting such a wonderful day and one our children will remember forever.



Is the closure of another business a sign the expansion delay is really starting to bite? I hear contractors are laying off more people and some could be lost to the town altogether. I am worried we will have more empty shops here soon.

Insurgents who took over Libya and those trying to take Syria, began with advanced weapons, indicative of major foreign aid and externally motivated violence. It’s hardly the stuff of spontaneous democratic uprisings some people in rose-coloured glasses imagine.

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estrictions on lighting fires and using barbecues in some parks and reserves in S outh Au stralia have commenced.

The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) said restrictions commenced this week in the North West Pastoral and North East Pastoral Fire Ban Districts. DEWNR Regional Coordination director Grant Pelton said the restrictions prohibited the use of all wood fires or solid fuel fires on parks and reserves in these areas. He said gas barbecues would still be permitted – although could not be used on days of total fire ban. “The restrictions have been put in place to help protect the public and reduce bushfire risk,” Mr Pelton said. “We urge people who may wish to visit or travel through South Australia’s parks to visit the DEWNR website where up-to-date information on fire restrictions is

available. “Fire restrictions will also be put in place at other parks and reserves across South Australia from November 1. “As the peak summer fire danger period approach, these fire restrictions are essential for reducing the risk of fires starting in South Australia’s parks and reserves. “DEWNR works in close partnership with the Country Fire Service and SA Water to reduce the impact of bush-fires on public land and fire restrictions are another measure put in place for the safety of visitors who like to enjoy our parks.” Information is available at the DEWNR website: ( restrictions_and_bans), Alexandra Taylor Media Adviser Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Phone: (08) 8204 1934 Mobile: 0423 827 613 Email: alex.


he shooting of a 14-year-old girl by a Taliban gunman in the Swat district of North Western Pakistan because she wanted education for girls, has been condemned internationally.

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ast week Australia’s first Federal Small Business Commissioner was appointed. Mark Brennan, the former Victorian Small Business Commissioner, was announced as the recipient of the new role. He suggested creating improvements in the business environment with all stakeholders “lifting their game” are some of his goals. Whilst his role won’t have dispute resolution powers like those of State based commissioners, Mr Brennan sees his role as “to extol the virtues of dispute resolution”. “I see the term being an advocate for small business, not just advocating to Government but also advocating to business to themselves about what they can do to improve the business environment.” Mr Brennan will provide advice to the Government on issues that impact Australia’s three million small businesses and sees his role as preventative. “I think if small businesses, big businesses and Government can all look at ways of making the business environment better you’ll find that the incidence of things like disputes will decrease because people are better at sorting things out,” he said. Mr Brennan said his aim was to create a credible body whose recommendations are responded to by small business and Government alike. “I’d like to see everyone lift their game. “I’d get a lot of satisfaction if after the end of my term we had the sense that the standards of behaviour in the business sector had been improved.” Federal Small Business Minister Brendan O’Connor said the role aimed to be complementary to the state commissioners. “We did not want to duplicate the functions of the commissioners. We did not want people shopping around to get different outcomes on dispute settling,” he said. Mr Brennan will take up his new position in January.

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If we needed further proof that Sharia law should be outlawed in Australia, then this the most significant example of a seemingly antiquated law that demeans women and devalues life. This young girl, who only wants the right to an education, recently changed her ideals of becoming a doctor to now seeing her role as that of a politician who can work to change an ancient tribal like culture in her homeland and make it a place for all Pakistanis to live in peace. As the world watches while doctors in London do what they can to save the precious life of a young woman who is wise beyond her years, Malala Yousufzai has become the real hero of Pakistan and of women across the globe. The Taliban failed to dispose of this potent symbol of resistance to deprive girls of an education, and instead showed the world their complete lack of humanity and intolerance of all who don’t

submit to their harsh, misinterpreted laws of Islam. By their actions they have brought disrepute and suspicion upon a religion that is supposed to preach peace. The Taliban have killed thousands of people in Pakistan over the last five years and destroyed hundreds of girls’ schools, justifying the killing of girls as sanctioned by Sharia law. While tens of thousands went on the rampage through Pakistan with Government sanction over that video allegedly denegrating Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, only small protests vented anger at this barbaric act that should have drawn more numbers. As reported by Harvard student Alayna Ahmad, “It is particularly tragic to consider that the attack on Malala was an attack on education and intellectual freedom. It is hardly a Western innovation, but an important and enduring legacy of Islam with its tradition of scholarship, invention and philosophical inquiry. The Taliban’s twisted logic is actually attacking their own religious roots and the fragile life of Malala Yousufzai may yet be the inspiration for enlightened change in Pakistan to finally prevail. If not, one can only ask, how many Malalas will it take?”

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ndamo oka resident Robbie Ames has lived a colourful life – from an officer in the British Parachute Regiment, to Casino table manager in Britain, to restaurateur on the Greek Isles, to a peaceful life as bass guitarist for Andamooka band ‘teardrop’.

“It’s been an interesting journey and it’s still going – there’s more to come,” Mr Ames chuckled. Born in Bowral, New South Wales, Mr Ames grew up around planes. His father Jimmy Ames was a spitfire pilot in 1943 during World War II, fighting against the Japanese over Papua New Guinea. He then worked as engineer and second officer for Qantas after the war flying the Sydney to London run. During his father’s years at Qantas young Robbie found himself see-sawing from Sydney to London, England, then back to Sydney, then to London again. It was a tough existence for a young Australian in London, often ending up in fights and he was ultimately expelled from high school. At 16 Robbie was working in London, and a keen rugby player. At 18 and standing at over six feet, he approached the British Army Parachute Regiment. “For me it was my university days. I spent a year training which included the required eight parachute jumps in various

conditions, and I graduated as a professional soldier and joined the battalion. I was in a rifle company. In my section I held the Bren gun and led a platoon in Bahrain - an island near the Persian Gulf.” A fresh-faced ‘para’, Mr Ames was soon stationed at the American built Hamala camp in what is now South Yemen, just in time to experience the final moments of the Aden Emergency in 1963. The conflict, known in Yemen as the Liberty War, was an insurgency against the British forces which ultimately ended British rule in South Arabian territories. “We were based at Hamala, which had just been built, but we never really stayed there, because off we went (to carry out operations).” During his 12 months of experience in Bahrain, he spent some time fighting against Arabian tribes in the Radfan Mountains. “I remember I had a rugby injury which required my foot to be wrapped in white bandage, and this one day we came under fire. I was shot at three times that day and my platoon commander commented that my foot was drawing their attention,” Mr Ames laughed. “But I got them,” he said, casting his memory back. “We had a rocket launcher that folded together and had two barrels – one for the rocket and another above it which housed a chalk bullet. It was designed to incapacitate tanks, so you fired the chalk which marked

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Robbie Ames at his home in Andamooka.

the tank and then followed the mark with the rocket. Well I could see the three marksmen about a thousand yards away on a ridge. Three tribesmen on camels - they were very sharp with those beautiful rifles they had. I aimed for the ridge just below them and I blew them up.” Mr Ames said when a person experiences these events, they stay with that person for the rest of his or her life. After the battalion’s operation in Bahrain, Mr Ames was then stationed in Borneo during the Indonesian-Malaysian conflict. “We came from 12 months in the desert, and were now being trained up by Gurkhas in the jungle.” The Gurkhas were Nepalese soldiers serving under the British Army and were well known as fierce fighters with a reputation for bravery. Mr Ames spent three months with the Gurkhas learning about jungle warfare. “We were protecting the border at Sarawak, in Malaysia. I remember I was out on patrol on my 21st birthday, and when I returned to camp it had been blown up.” The conflict was a messy business of politics and oil ownership which resulted in many men being lost from the parachute brigade. When his camp was overrun by enemy forces, fire support had to be called in on Mr Ames’ location. “We came back from the bush and we knew the enemy was coming. We managed to send a message through to HQ (Head Quarters). We called for them to drop their shells onto us – initially star shells which would burst above us, but then HE (Heavy Explosive) shells that would explode on impact. The timing was crucial, so as we went down, the enemy would catch the shells.” Mr Ames said at times like this people could either deal with the situation or they couldn’t. “I remember running into the sergeant’s hut demanding grenades, and finding a soldier hiding under the communications table crying.” On his return home from op-

erations in the bush, Mr Ames spent the next several years as a Special Air Service (SAS) soldier, and after nine years in the military decided on a career change – the casino business. At 25 years old, a cashier manager of a dice table for casinos in central London, Mr Ames met movers and shakers in the business, including actor Telly Savalas. “At that stage the Mafia had control of most of the casinos in London, but the British government were trying to restrict it.” He said the casinos in the early 1970s were beautiful with rich blue velvets and solid wood features. He spent three years working in the casino business and then moved to Paros on the Greek Isles where he almost stumbled into establishing his first restaurant. “Everybody was making money back then – nobody was paying any taxes. “Everything was going well,” Mr Ames said, “and then there was a revolution in Greece as American soldiers floated into the bay with ships filled with nuclear warheads. Things changed after that.” Mr Ames spent 20 years in Greece until the new millennium when he moved to Andamooka, South Australia. He discovered music and met three locals – Stuart McIntyre, Rodney Mitchell and artist Alex Mendelssohn. He learned to play a left-handed bass guitar and formed a band with Mr McIntyre and Mr Mitchell called ‘Teardrop’. Mr Mendelssohn has painted several artworks based on the cabaret nights the band has held in Andamooka. “I love playing music – I try to catch up with the boys every year for the cabaret nights.” Mr Ames is now looking to return to Athens, Greece where he met his wife Maree, and spend time with her and his daughter Rosalyna, who is planning to study psychology at university in Adelaide, South Australia.

ABOVE Robbie Ames as a fresh-faced paratrooper. LEFT Robbie Ames, centre, in the South Arabian Radfan Mountains and his bandaged foot that attracted enemy fire. Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - Page 7


Family concert next month By Vanessa Switala


family concert will be held next month at Saint Barbara’s Parish School involving various Roxby Downs’ musical groups.

The concert is to be held on November 9 from 6pm until 8pm involving the Roxby Youth Orchestra, Roxby Folk Club, Roxby Downs Sing Australia Group, St Barb’s school choir and the Roxby Downs Area School choir. A gold coin donation is required for attendance and the opportunity to donate more will be provided on the evening. Money raised will go towards young musicians planning to attend Summer School for Strings music camp in Wagga Wagga in January. Each group will present individual pieces and some songs involving audience members will also be performed. St Barb’s choir teacher, Olivia Spadavecchia said it will be a fantastic opportunity for students to see a range of musical performances. “As well as performing in the concert, the students will also be able to join the audience to watch the other musical acts and can appreciate the different talents in our community,” she explained. Ms Spadavecchia added, “They will have the chance to once again perform the songs they practiced so intensely for, and it will also provide the opportunity to learn some new songs. After the Catholic Schools Music Festival, it is great that we can still meet as a group to practice once a week for these extra performances to finish off the year.” St Barb’s school choir performed at the Catholic Schools Music Festival on Monday, September 17 at the Adelaide Festival Theatre. Similarly, RDAS choir students travelled to Adelaide to perform at the Festival Theatre in the 2012 Primary School’s Festival of Music in September. To assist with the concert or for more information contact Owen Lewis on 0434 085 269 or

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espite an uncertain local, state and national economy over the past twelve months, locally based Alliance One Credit Union has continued to demonstrate strength and stability with a before tax operating surplus of $1.6 million last financial year, as indicated in their recently released Annual Report. The report states loans, deposits and total assets all achieved positive growth over the year, exceeding expectations and industry benchmarks. Total loans increased by 11.85 per cent during the year, with Members borrowing $44.5 million for the twelve months to June 30, 2012. Member deposits grew by 10.2 per cent leading to a total holding of $156 million in predominantly regional deposits. This helped contribute to a total asset growth of 8.71per cent to a solid $222 million and almost $350 million in total members business. Profitability fell slightly compared to last year due to higher cost of funds causing a slight but continued contraction in operating margin and due to an extra ordinary one-off dividend income received in 2011. The branch network throughout Whyalla, Port Lincoln, Roxby Downs and Clare continues to contribute strongly to these results. The Credit Union now employs 53 staff across the region in South Australia which also contributes to the well-being of many family members of these employees. When asked about the past financial year, Mr Phil Lynch, Chief Executive of Alliance One Credit Union indicated that it has not only been a successfully year in terms of financial results, but a year of advancement in technology capabilities and expansion of member services. “Our approach is to provide members with leading edge technology to meet changing

needs and usage trends,” said Mr Lynch. “We have launched a brand new website, mobile banking, payWave ‘swipe and go’ functionality on Visa cards and online membership application processes.” “The rediATM network continues to expand into one of the largest in Australia providing members with excellent access to funds.” “We are also committed to the redevelopment of our branch network, which started in Clare and will be rolled out over time across our network, for the benefit of our members and communities” indicated Mr Lynch. “These are exciting times for our business which has been committed to regional South Australia for more than 42 years.” The Annual Report indicates that the past 12 months have been successful for Alliance

One Credit Union due to the overwhelming support from local communities and members who understand what a local Financial Institution can offer. Unlike many banking institutions, all functions and decisions are undertaken locally which assists the economy and the decision turn around. Anyone can join the credit union and benefit from the strong product line, professional assistance and locals serving the needs of locals. If individuals are questioning their relationship with their current bank, now is the time to make the switch.

The ladies from Alliance One in Roxby Downs providing customers with a great local banking service. Branch Manager Lisa Polujnikoff, Katherine Keller and Penny Halloran.

Youth Monitoring week celebrations in Roxby


By Juliette Demaine

his week is a celebration throughout Australia of youth mentoring and all its success, potential and opportunity. The Monadelphous and Community Youth Mentoring initiative has now been operating in Roxby Downs for almost 12 months. Over this time the Monadelphous program has involved up to 20 youth and was established to help them each set goals and reach their full potential. The young people and their mentors meet on average an hour per week and discuss hopes for the future, barriers to schooling and life, and strategies for becoming a positive and strong young adult. The Monadelphous and Community mentors come from a variety of backgrounds and share a strong hope and optimism for the future of our local youth. Research has shown that mentoring plays a key role in improving the learning, social and emotional outcomes for a young person. A major study found young people with mentors are: • 46 per cent less likely to begin using drugs • 52 per cent less likely to skip school • Three times less likely to leave school early Undeniably, mentoring can be an amazing experience for the young people and mentors involved.

This week we are grateful to acknowledge the support of all of our valued mentors – Tony Frunks, Kath Messner, Garry Elliott, Damon McDonald, Vicki Mason, Chelsea James, Wesley Knights, Disha Jobanputra and Nicole Trethowen. Each mentor is making a significant impact upon youth by building a relationship that focuses on the needs of the young person, promoting positive behaviours and attitudes, enabling constructive influences for personal growth, communication and skill development. The relationships developed through the program have been of huge importance when the young people have needed a trusted adult ear, someone to talk to, and just another perspective on the ups and downs of life. Each mentor is contributing, in a very special way, to the lives of young people whilst also focussing on the importance of schooling to foster positive opportunities for the future. Feedback from students has been wonderful – recently the youth wrote letters to each of their mentors to express how they felt about the relationships they had developed. “You have taught me that if you ‘mess’ up in school, you can ‘mess’ up in life… I have enjoyed talking to someone that understands where I come from,” said one student. Another said, “Thank you for motivating me and opening up

other doors for me. Thanks for making the time to see us all.” “You have taught me to not always follow everyone else’s path, that I can make my own future,” stated another. “You have taught me that what I put in is what I get out.” Another student said, “You have been an excellent friend, teacher, mentor and a great inspiration for me… you have shown me the value of honesty, sincerity and trust.” We also know good mentoring programs don’t just happen. There is an incredible amount of preparation that goes on behind the scenes to ensure mentoring relationships are successful. In this regard thanks must go to Sharon Fielder (past coordinator) and Ali Knights (current coordinator) who work with steadfast determination to ensure the ongoing sustainability and success of the mentoring initiative. Working closely with the Roxby Downs Area School, community mentors and RAW Youth Network the Project Coordinator ensures that the experience for both the youth and mentors is seamless and rewarding. Providing ongoing support to mentors is an important aspect of this role. “The mentors are volunteering their time each week, so it is important for the mentors to be able to meet with their student at allocated times; it is also essential that I support mentors with strategies for working with

young people and understanding their needs,” stated Mrs Knights. The Coordinator role is dependent upon community and business funding and we are very pleased to announce that the Roxby Downs Community Board, through the Education and Workplace Training Forum, is supporting the Monadelphous and Community Program for the remainder of 2012. In a recent submission to the Community Board Michelle Hales, Executive Officer of the Roxby Downs Community Board said the program was “a clear example of a community partnership strategy addressing the needs of our local youth; we are very excited to provide support where we can.” Juliette Demaine, School-Business-Community Partnership Broker said, “For an investment of less than $2000 the Community Board’s contribution will allow 14 students to continue to receive up to 112 hours of mentoring each. That’s a total of almost 1570 hours of social development and learning assistance in addition to their schooling”. Anyone, now doing their maths, can see that this is a cost-effective initiative which effectively engages the community in youth development. Mentoring is making a difference to these young people and we thank the Community Board, Monadelphous Engineering and our wonderful mentors.

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arclew Youth Arts this week opened applications for the BHP Billiton Regional Emerging Artist Mentorship and is looking for talented young artists to apply. The mentorship will be offered for activity taking place between January 1 and December 31, 2013 and includes an award of $5000 to be used in the course of professional development throughout the mentoring relationship. “The mentorship has been made possible through the generous support of BHP Billiton,” said Tricia Walton, Carclew Chief Executive. “Mentoring is a rewarding experience with both parties enriching their arts practice through the relationship.” “For a young, early career artist, forming a close relationship with a mentor creates many valuable outcomes and working through a creative project can provide inspiration and a vehicle for idea exchange, growth and development.” Andrew Barnfield, BHP Billiton Olympic Dam Head of Health, Safety, Environment and Community, said, “The mentorship is an exciting opportunity for a young regional artist. “Both Carclew and BHP Billiton believe in investing in young South Australian artists and encouraging them to pursue opportunities to develop their artform. We are sure there will be entries from many talented people from around the State.” For further information and to download application guidelines and forms visit www.carclew. or phone (08) 8267 5111. Applications for the BHP Billiton Regional Emerging Artist Mentorship close 5pm, November 26, 2012.

Pictured: Phil Emmanuel. By Jason Munn


esidents of the Far North will be travelling to Port Augusta on January 19 and 20, 2013 for a massive two day music festival featuring a long list of Australian and international performers. Weekend at the Crossroads is a huge event organised by Port Augusta locals Tonya Reid and Sean Wilksch to raise funds for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of

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“By January this year I had lost all of the vision in my left eye and my right leg had weakened. The doctors told me they were recommending my licence be suspended which resulted in me having to give up my job as a courier driver.” Ms Reid is now aided by a walking stick, and a wheelchair when having to walk long distances. “Before MS, I could run around with my four children, had run and owned successful businesses, could drive, could see and could enjoy a healthy life.”

Flair Riders. It has been a great experience.” The Flair Riders showcases Australia’s top freestyle trials riders. The show is a high-action choreographed performance crossing the boundaries between trials, BMX and freestyle motocross. As the pioneers of freestyle trials in Australia, FLAIR performs stunts such as 180s, 360s, transfers, stalls and even backflips just metres from the crowd, making it the top freestyle trials show in Australia. The Por t Aug u st a Council have also donated Central Oval for us to use as the venue. The event will also showcase tattooists from around the State, including Adelaide’s Jason Radley from Xanchies – one of the country’s best tattoo artists. “We will have several trade stalls like body jewellery, create-a-basket, lollies, clothing; but we are still in need of more trade or food stalls so if anyone is interested please feel free to contact me on 0429 167 921.” Tickets can be purchased online at www. weekendatthecrossroads., or from Whyalla Music Centre, or Topline Trophies in Port Augusta.

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Ms Reid refused to give in and is now studying her Diploma in Event and Venue Management – and judging by the scale of the Port Augusta event, her skills are excellent. “I’m on a mission,” Ms Reid stated. “My aim is to raise over $200,000 from this event with all of the proceeds going to the MS Society of SA and NT to help people with MS and to help with research into finding a cure for this very debilitating disease.” The two-day music festival will include 12 performers including American Hip Hop group Naughty by Nature, Australian artist John ‘Swanee’ Swan, and Australian guitarist Phil Emmanuel. “I originally planned for a one day bike and tattoo show, with maybe one or two Australian Music Artists,” Ms Reid told The Monitor. She said there were a few knock backs along the way, “but when you get that one artist that says yes it lifts your spirits. I have dealt directly with some of the performers like comedians The Old Fella, and The Nelson Twins, American pop, soul, and rock singer Trevis Prince and Brisbane’s motorbike stunt team The

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UTand A BOU T Julian Tregenza and Ian Turner with their friends Rox and Bee at the Kindy food and wine night.

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UTand A BOU T Mark and Janie Butterworth enjoyed their evening at the Kindy food and wine night.

Alice and Matilda at Market Day.

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ROXBY COUNCIL National SafeWork Australia Week


ro m S u n d ay, October 21 until Saturday, October 27 SafeWork SA is celebrating Safe Work Australia Week with a number of public events and the launch of a Safety Ambassador Program. The theme of this year’s week, Safety begins with ‘S’ but starts with ‘you’ reminds Australian workers that anyone can lead safety in their workplace. There are more than 80 events organised throughout the week, tailored to meet the needs of employers, employees, contractors, health and safety representatives and occupational health and safety

professionals. This year information sessions will focus on managing risks, workplace environment, priority industries as well as helping people understand the model work health safety legislation. On September 4 this year, Safe Work Australia Chair Mr Tom Phillips launched the program and called for nominations for the Safety Ambassador of the Year Award, which have now closed. He said every workplace in Australia should be planning to use the week to make improvements to health and safety at work. “Held annually, Safe Work Australia Week encourages all working

Australians to focus on improving health and safety in their workplaces to reduce death, injury and disease. It reminds us all that safety should be a priority all year round,” Mr Phillips said. As part of Safe Work Australia Week, Roxby Council is participating in a facet of Work Safe Australia’s focus, called ‘Take 10 @ 10’. The aim of the exercise is to take ten minutes out of daily routine at 10am from Monday to Thursday during Work Safe Australia Week to complete a safety based activity. The activities will help kick start safe thinking and help employees to further apply safety knowledge to

their work. To culminate the week, Roxby Council employees have also been asked to bring in what they consider a healthy snack to share for morning tea. Mr Phillips encouraged all organisations and workers to become involved in activities in their state, and to make work health and safety a priority. “It doesn’t matter whether you are the CEO or an entry level worker it is up to you to start improving safety,” he finished. For more information about Safe Work Australia Week, go to

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A far cry from Bonnie Scotland


ailing from the rugged west coast and less snow and to Roxby to be with my he is here to stay, with plans to start and of Scotland, new Australian citizen partner and for work,” he said. raise a family in Roxby Downs. While he misses his family, friends from Andy O’Rourke loves calling Roxby He is currently undertaking a training and the army and Irn Bru (a famous soft drink Downs home. development role at work, which he thorAfter living in Australia for five years, and Roxby Downs for three and a half, Andy was granted his Australian citizenship on October 2 this year. Before moving to Roxby, Andy lived in Adelaide for six months and Port Pirie for a year following a 12 year stint in the British Army. “After 12 years in the British Army I decided to move to Australia chasing more sun

from Scotland), he enjoys spending time with his partner, Roxby local Anna Cook, and their dogs, the temperate climate of the Far North region and camping for four-wheeled driving. “Roxby has given me awesome opportunities both personally and professionally,” Andy said. “Last year I had the privilege of leading the local ANZAC day parade march.” Both Andy and Anna work onsite, and says

oughly enjoys. Spoken like a true Aussie, Andy added, “I love the fact that the outback is on our doorstep and within minutes you can have the swags rolled out, fire lit and gold can in hand. “It’s a far cry from the cold wet mountains of Bonnie Scotland but I love it,” he finished.



eptember 2012 quarterly water accounts have been issued.

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inancial aid is available to those experiencing financial difficulty.

For information on Government concessions and free financial counselling services, visit the Government of South Australia’s website, Roxby Council encourages all customers to contact them immediately on (08) 8671 0010 if they are under financial stress.


oxby Council would like to remind all vehicle drivers that the Service SA service offered is available five days a week from 9am until 4:30pm. As the Service SA Rural Service Agent, Roxby Council offers licence renewals, vehicle registration and transfers, driver licence, boat licence theory tests, personalised and custom registration plates and the sale of the driver’s handbook.


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lectricity notices were posted last week and are due on Wednesday, November 7.

For information on guidelines surrounding flammable objects and fires during this period, contact Roxby Council on (08) 8671 0010.

Quarterly credit card autopayments will be processed on Wednesday, November 7and quarterly direct debit payments will be processed on Tuesday, November 20.

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oxby Downs became my home some five Downs Business Awards Gala Dinner this Saturday night. years ago and I love all that it is!

The opportunity to design jewellery and work with my partner at Roxby Hourglass Jewellers is very rewarding as is volunteering throughout the community. I’m an honorary member of Rotary Club of Roxby District, Vice Chair of Red Sands (Roxby Downs division of Cancer Council SA), Treasurer of Traders Association and more recently, Chairperson on the Roxby Downs Community Board. Dress making is my new challenge but I can’t go past an afternoon in the kitchen cooking up a storm to enjoy with the wonderful family of friends I’ve made since moving here.

The event, which is to be garnished generously with fine food and wine and live entertainment, aims to recognise the contributions local businesses make to the Roxby Downs community. Hundreds of nominations have been received for a handful of highly appreciated businesses both in town and in the district’s light and heavy industrial

areas. It’s award season here in Roxby, so why not be included in the celebration. It’s a chance to dress up, enjoy a night out and recognise the consistent efforts of our peers. Tickets are $85 including GST per person and can be bought from the Visitor Information Centre in the Roxby Cultural and Leisure Precinct, Richardson Place, or by calling the staff at the Visitor Information Centre on (08) 8671 2001.

Photo comp extended


A selection of submitted photographs he closure date for submissions into the Amateur Arid will then be used to create a 2014 calPhotography Competition has endar. been extended from Friday, November Copies of the 2013 calendar product from the previous photography compe2 until Thursday, November 15. The event was launched in conjunction with National Threatened Species Day on September 7 and is the second of it’s kind to occur in Roxby Downs. The competition was supposed to be closed for photography submissions from Friday, November 2, but due to increasing interest, has been extended until Thursday, November 15.

tition are on display and for sale at the Visitor Information Centre and Roxby Council. For more information about the photography competition or to purchase a 2013 calendar, drop into the Visitor Information Centre in Richardson Place, or contact Vivienne Holloway at

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ave you noticed a volunteer Downs area since 2008, highlighting the around the community that you achievements of many past and present think should be recognised for residents. their contribution? The volunteerism rate in Roxby

Teresa working at Roxby Hourglass Jewellers. Since moving to Roxby five years ago, she has fallen in love with the community.

The Big Sky Volunteer of the Month award (previously called Community Person of the Month) aims to recognise not only those who give willingly to their community, but also the quiet achievers, those who may often otherwise go unnoticed. Big Sky Credit Union have sponsored this special award in the Roxby

Downs is higher than most outback communities. Reward those that keep our community ticking, nominate today! Nomination forms for Volunteer of the Month can be found at Roxby’s website or at the Roxby Council office front desk at 6 Richardson Place, Roxby Downs.


How to nominate a volunteer:

Nomination forms for Volunteer of the Month can be found at Roxby’s website or at the Roxby Council office front desk at 6 Richardson Place, Roxby Downs.


If you would like to join a forum and would like more information please contact the following people.

New members are always welcome.

ARTS and CULTURE FORUM Rachel Young 0428 671 000 Thursday, October 25 @ 730pm 88 Stuart Road, Roxby Downs

BUSINESS FORUM Laura Trotta 0412 734 964 Thursday, November 1@ 615pm Council Boardroom

SPORTS and REC FORUM Damien Condon 0439 862 784 To be confirmed.

COMMUNITY GARDEN Patrick Ibele (08) 8671 0168 Thursday, October 25 @ 730pm Council Boardroom

ENVIRONMENT FORUM Bree Gailbraith 0448168167 Thursday, November 22 @ 7pm Council Boardroom

ROXBY ROADSAFE MEETING Michelle Hales 0418 833 818 Thursday, November 8 @ 530pm Council Boardroom

MULTICULTURAL FORUM Sasha Yantewo (08) 8671 0010 Wednesday, October 17 @ 11.30am Council Boardroom

WOMEN’S NETWORK Kath Messner 0438 871 153 Thursday, October 25 @ 830am in the Dunes Café

CONTACTING THE BOARD For further information, advice or general questions please contact: Michelle Hales, Executive Officer Roxby Downs Community Board Inc. PO Box 85 Roxby Downs SA 5725 Mobile: 0418 833 818 Email:

WHO’S ON THE BOARD Teresa Baddeley • Leigh Morrow Michelle Davis • George Giakoumis Vicki Mason • Gaylene Crane Mary Lewis • Liz Rogers • Cindy Harrichund • Michael Esposito Chad Menzies • Heath Murry Bill Boehm • Kath Macalister

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

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Classifieds The


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Roxby Downs and District Racing Club

AGM Saturday, 10th November 2012 at 11am Roxby Downs Racing Club



ROXBY DOWNS NETBALL ASSOCIATION Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 29th October at 7.00 pm in the Dunes Cafe.

Members Bar


All Welcome

Sunday 25th November,

Vacancies for Committee Members

at 3pm

Absentee nomination forms Email:


ALL SOULS / ALL SAINTS DAY WHERE : Andamooka Cemetery WHEN : DUSK Friday 2ND November 2011


CANTEEN & BAR TENDERS Far North Football invites tenders for the canteen and bar for the 2013 season. Tenders should be forwarded to Bev Zeptner the Secretary PO Box 330, Roxby Downs, or email to Bev Zeptner on

Far North Football League will be holding its AGM on Monday, 3rd December at 7.30pm at the Roxby Community Club.

Held at the OD Football Club Rooms All welcome to attend Queries to be directed to Club President Mick Hoffmann on 0408 827 296

All positions vacant plus two new positions; â&#x20AC;˘ Match day Coordinator and â&#x20AC;˘ Football Coordinator All welcome .

New Gym Hours As the result of a survey conducted on the current members of the Pulse Fitness Gym in August, it has been determined that there is a need to extend the opening hours on Saturdays and Sundays. The Pulse Fitness gym will be opening from 8am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4pm on Weekends for a three month period to trial the new times. The trial will commence on the 20/10/2012 and end on the 27/01/2013.

Myall Grove Holiday Park â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Roxby Downs Housekeeping Attendant â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Casual As part of the Housekeeping team you will be responsible for offering a quality customer service experience by maintaining the cleanliness of our holiday accommodation, guest and service areas. The ideal candidate will possess: â&#x20AC;˘ Professional presentation and grooming â&#x20AC;˘Highly organised with a high level of attention to detail â&#x20AC;˘Friendly, outgoing personality â&#x20AC;˘Current driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s licence â&#x20AC;˘Customer focused with good communication skills â&#x20AC;˘Ability to work all shifts, including weekends and public holidays â&#x20AC;˘Previous experience an advantage Applications for this career opportunity are invited from Australian citizens or residents with the right to work in Australia by sending your resume to or telephone (08) 8671 1991.

During the course of the trial we ask all patrons to provide feedback on the new times.

Tenders close Monday 26th November.


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Enquiries Ps Keith Moody Ph 0414 570 871

DUBLIN Gerryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Meat Store. Top quality, grain fed meat at affordable prices. New $230 freezer pack (mix and match). 2kg lamb roast, 1kg beef schnitzel, 2kg pork roast, 1 k g chicken schnitzel, 2kg beef roast, 1kg budget bacon, 2kg roast chicken, 2kg marinate wings, 1kg BBQ steak, 2 k g beef sausages, 1kg beef mince, 20 gourmet patties,1kg BBQ lamb chops, 1 large mettwurst, 1kg pork leg chops, 1 bottle marinade,1kg diced steak. Phone: 8529 2229. ERECTION and premature problems. Help for $30. Money back guarantee. Ph 0424 452 329. Free sample.

FOR RENT FOR RENT 2 bdrm unit Myall Grove Caravan Park $380 Neg - Phone 0427 170 127.

Accommodation Smarter Recruitment

Roxby Downs SA Quotation for the Supply of External Painting Services for Roxby Leisure Buildings MW034/12


WorkPac is Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest privately owned recruitment organisation. Our Roxby Downs business centre is now seeking expressions of interest for the following roles. Â&#x2021; 2O\PSLF'DP6LWH,QGXFWHG0HFKDQLFDO)LWWHUV Â&#x2021; 2O\PSLF'DP6LWH,QGXFWHG2SHUDWRUVDQG5LJJHUV Â&#x2021; 'XDO7UDGH(OHFWULFLDQV 3OHDVHFDOO$GDPRU-RVHSKRQLI\RXDUH LQWHUHVWHG ,I\RXDUHLQWHUHVWHGLQĂ&#x20AC;QGLQJRXWPRUH about job opportunities in the region call the business centre direct on the number below.

(08) 8671 4622

WorkPac Group

ADELAIDE Accommodation - Secorft Apartments Semaphore from $85 per night. Phone 0412 106 646.

FOR SALE FOR SALE till the end of November. Large caravan with 3 room solid annexe and patio. On ensuited large block in Myall Grove Park. Near new S/S stove and air-conditioner. 3 bedroom living all set up ready to move in. $15,000 Phone 0429 936 887.

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Monitor SPORT The

Sienna Brougham for Flames goes for a goal.

Roxby Downs Junior Basketball Association RESULTS FRIDAY, 19TH OCTOBER UNDER 14 GIRLS Flames 19 points defeated Eagles 14 points Bulls 29 points defeated Roxby Reds 18 points UNDER 14 BOYS Thunder 32 points defeated Cavaliers 22 points Tigers 21 points defeated Lakers 18 points UNDER 16 BOYS Bullets 29 points defeated Lightning 18 points Magic 47 points defeated Roxby Heat 19 points UNDER 18 GIRLS Lightning 36 points defeated Panthers 30 points UNDER 19 MIXED Hornets 37 points defeated Bullets 30 points Magic 44 points defeated Roxby Heat 32 points RESULTS SATURDAY, 20th OCTOBER UNDER 12 BOYS Cruisers 29 points defeated Raiders 24 points Jets 16 points defeated Wildcats 10 points UNDER 12 GIRLS Lakers 18 points defeated Phoenix 12 points Flames 55 points defeated Cougars 26 points UNDER 14 BOYS Thunder 46 points defeated Lakers 20 points Tigers 40 points defeated Roxby Heat 8 points UNDER 14 GIRLS Eagles 36 points defeated Bulls 14 points Roxby Red 34 points defeated Roxby Heat 26 points

Matilda Cord for Roxby Red has control of the ball against her opponent Mikayla Kelly.


Post Of¿ce & Motel

Behind the Famous Bottle House Opal Creek Boulevard, Andamooka & after hours by appointment

Ph: (08) 8672 7007 Fax: (08) 8672 7062 Email:

LEFT: Hayley Wurfel (Bulls) dribbles down the court. BELOW: Wade Stevens for Olympic Dam hits the ball during the Sunday night match.


Bowler Ben Hahn.


Laura Gray are off to see the

Jersey Boys Laura Gray was also the lucky winner of one free night’s accommodation at the Intercontinental Hotel.

When your mate turns into someone who speeds, it’s up to you to tell them. Prevent Matemorphosis.

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Relay for Life 2012

ABOVE: Khystal leaving a message for a loved one on the table set for one. ABOVE RIGHT: Kath Macalister lighting the candle for the past. RIGHT: Fletcher Crafter-King, Karen Russell and Jessie Sellar from the team Pink. BELOW RIGHT: The Nerds- Zoey Male, Adam Ryan, Levi Rawlins and Brody Grohs.

50 Shades of Crayons


aint Barbara’s Parish School in which everyone can be involved with Area School teachers and one member came from Adelaide to attend the event. teachers and friends entered the and have fun on the day,” she added. The 11 team members entered the relay The team raised most of their money team ‘50 Shades of Crayons’ in for the first time; Emma Turner, Bryce online which they found quite successlast weekend’s Relay for Life. Team Captain Meghann Jolly told The Monitor, “Our team 50 Shades of Crayons, chose to register a team this year as it is for a great cause as many of us have had our lives affected by cancer in one way or another.” “It also is a fantastic community event,

Ingham, Mel Kemenyvary, Conc Glover, Donna Waters, Anne Rathjen, Ben Wright, Kane Fulton, Amy Fulton, Kristie Bills and Meghann Jolly. Most of the team work together at Andamooka Primary School, however some members are BHP Billiton employees, Roxby Downs

ful. Ms Jolly said 50 Shades of Crayons has nearly doubled their fundraising goal. “We have raised nearly $2000, which we are very pleased about,” she stated. The team were hard to miss at the event as they were brightly dressed and looking extremely like Crayola crayons.

The Monitor Newspaper for 24th October 2012  
The Monitor Newspaper for 24th October 2012  

The Monitor Newspaper for 24th October 2012