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appeal for community help

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n a monumental struggle to the final siren, Olympic Dam prevailed in what must be one of the most thrilling finals in the League’s 23 year history.

tory from the jaws of defeat. A full report of the game of the season apThe luckless Roxby District Miners were pears on the back page. courageous in their endeavours and to many Read how it took two of the big names in the a footy pundit played above themselves for league to pull off a victory and rob the young the majority of the game and for many had With just two minutes to go the OD Devils done enough to outlast the finals toughened Miners of the flag in season 2009. staged a come from behind win to snatch vic- Devils. See full report on page 20

ROAD conditions


••Halligan HalliganBay BayTrack Track(access - Halligan to Lake Bay TrackNorth) Eyre - Public- Access Open only to 4WD with caution. This is a declared PAR. It is a bush track not a road. The track is deteriorating due to increased traffic - be aware of corrugations and bulldust holes. Please drive to track conditions. Driving on the lake surface is an offence and dangerous. Trailers and caravans are not recommended. Level Post Bay Track - Open only to 4WD with caution. This is a declared PAR. It is a bush track not a road. The road is deteriorating due to increased traffic - be aware of corrugations and bulldust holes. Please drive to track conditions. Driving on the lake surface is an offence and dangerous. Trailers and caravans are

no recommended. No camping at Level Post Bay - camping available at Muloorina Campground. K1 Warburton PAR into the Simpson Desert is flooded and closed to all traffic until further notice. Walkers Crossing PAR is open with extreme caution at the Innamincka end due to sand drifts.

NATIONAL PARKS INFORMATION • WitjaraINFORMATION National Park - Spring Creek Delta permanently closed - use bypass track located 5kmPark east- of Dalhousie • Witjara National SPECIAL Springs.


•Birdsville Inside Track is closed due to •Birdsville flooding in Goyder’s Inside Track Lagoon

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NEWS Council Budget adopted . . .

Average 7.5% increase in rates

Roxby Council has adopted its Annual Business Plan, Budget and Valuations and declared rates for the 2009/10 year. In announcing Council’s $15.3 million budget Administrator Bill Boehm said, “The 2009/10 budget has been developed following full public consultation with the community as part of Council’s Draft Annual Business Plan. It has been predicated on the basis of maintaining Council’s services at 2008/09 levels, whilst accommodating inevitable increases in the costs of providing those services and a desire to improve the management of Council’s assets. “Significantly Council has recognised the current economic climate and following advice from the Roxby Downs Advisory Reference Group, the budget has been submitted to both BHP Billiton and the State Government with a municipal budget deficit of $1.2 million. This is down some $400,000 from the 2008/09 approved amount of $1.6 million. This is less than desired and will unfortunately restrict Council’s operations. “It is only sustainable for 2009/10,” said Mr. Boehm. Main municipal income sources include an increase in the average residential rate including garbage charge of 7.5%. This increase is in line with the Council’s planned approach over the past six years to maintain and increase current services and facilities while introducing new services and allowing for inflation. The increase is at a reduced level than the previous five years.

According to Mr. Boehm the level of rating in Roxby Downs has for years been greatly undervalued and has been incrementally raised to reflect the needs and expectations of the wider community. “Levels are nearing a realistic maximum but there remains an expectation that Council will maintain and increase services and provide a premier location that will encourage families to reside for longer periods of time. This expectation is also held by BHP Billiton, the State Government and local businesses.” Mr Boehm said, “Impacts of increasing operating costs associated with maintaining the town’s facilities in a remote location are always an issue. This applies across the spectrum of Council’s activities, especially in relation to contract labour for all works and landfills where EPA costs have increased. As a result prices for electricity, water and sewerage are also foreshadowed to increase in January 2010 but at reduced levels than in 2009.” During 2009/2010 continued investigation work expected will be required over and above the norm to position the community on BHP Billiton’s expected EIS / Master Plan. As result various actions, such as provision of lighting to the town oval, construction of an indoor swimming pool that could be affected by this work have been invariably deferred until decisions about a possible foreshadowed township expansion are finalised and Council’s overall long term financial position made clear.

Mr. Boehm said, “Despite these constraints the Council will be very proactive with a range of maintenance and new projects including improvements to footpaths, streetscapes and playgrounds, landfill waste management, formalisation of a soccer/ rugby pitch replacement of shade canopies to the swimming pool, replacement of air conditioning to Cultural Centre, and upgrade of Council’s dog pound. “A detailed external review of Councils service levels will also be undertaken.” The Roxby Downs Council is an administrated Council with its Administrator appointed by the State Government. The operations of the Council are governed within the terms of an Indenture Agreement between BHP Billiton and the State Government. The Municipal portion of Council’s operation municipality has a proposed overall deficit of $1.2 million, which is still subject to approval of both the State and Government and BHP Billiton. Significantly even with this subsidy, Council’s municipal depreciation of $1.1 million remains unfunded, a situation continued to be noted by BHP Billiton and the State Government. Council will send out its 2009/10 Annual Business Plan and Budget Summary to all ratepayers with the first quarterly rates notice. Copies of the detailed Annual Business Plan and Budget documents are available from the Council Office.

Outline details are contained on page 8.

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Mobile Phones banned for drivers Y

oung drivers were banned from any use of a mobile phone while driving under new laws in South Australia. Acting Minister for Road Safety Paul Caica said the ban is part of the State Government’s measures to further strengthen the Graduated Licensing Scheme (GLS) for young drivers in South Australia. Learner and P1 platers can’t use any

of the hands-free technology that other drivers can still legally use while behind the wheel. “From Monday, the only time a mobile phone can be used in a road vehicle being driven by a Learner or P1 licence holder is once they have pulled over and parked safely,” he said in a statement. He said such bans are already in place in Victoria, Queensland and NSW.

“When you talk or text on a mobile phone, you can’t effectively concentrate on driving and your risk of being involved in a crash increases by up to four times and the need to concentrate is particularly important for young, inexperienced drivers who are still developing their driving capabilities,” Mr Caica said. Drivers caught breaking the new law will face a fine of $218 and three demerit points.

Police appeal for community help


By Celeste Lustosa

oxby Downs Central Intelligence Bureau (CIB) in conjunction with Port Augusta Tactical Police Team supported by an officer and Police Drug Dog Squad conducted a series of drug searches in Woomera, Roxby Downs and Andamooka on Sunday, August 30th. The targets were those who have been dealing illicit drugs. The operation was a result of information received and it was only possible because of community help. “We would like to encourage people to give information to the police about criminal acts they might suspect because then we can act and get positive results like we had on this operation,” said Brevet Sergeant Rod Ford. “We have put a lot of effort into this search because we had specific information about people trafficking cannabis in this region and it’s everyone’s concern to keep all sorts of drugs away from our kids and our communities in general.” The Sergeant emphasises that the information needs to be as specific as possible so they can act. According to him acting together with the community is

the best way to eradicate crime from our towns. “People can be sure that their identities will remain confidential, so they don’t need to be afraid to be exposed or put in any kind of danger by reporting to the police.” Some of the suspects who had their houses searched were fined for cannabis possession but they couldn’t be charged for dealing drugs because of the amount found. “Some of the drug amounts we found weren’t enough to take them to court as drug dealers, but we will definitely keep an eye on them.” A 69 year old long term resident of Andamooka was arrested and charged for traffic of drugs as he had a significant quantity of cannabis in his possession, as well as bags to pack and sell the drugs, cash and firearms that weren’t secured properly and could put people’s lives in danger. If convicted, this person could spend up to 25 years in prison. A 35 year old male from Woomera; a 44 year old male from Roxby Downs and a 45 year old Andamooka male were all issued with Cannabis Expiation Notices for possessing it for personal use. The Australian government reclassified cannabis from Class C to Class B in January 2009 and anyone caught in possession of cannabis could be arrested.

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Smokes could be $20 a pack!

Local smokers and drinkers are concerned at the possibility the Federal Government is being urged to improve Australians’ health by hiking taxes on cigarettes and imposing more restrictions on the sale and promotion of alcohol. Junk food advertising aimed at children would also be curbed under the wide-ranging plan to tackle the country’s levels of obesity and chronic disease. The report by the Preventative Health Taskforce, released last week by Health Minister Nicola Roxon, has recommended 174 measures to reduce the levels of preventable diseases which cost the country $6 billion a year, as well as $13 billion in lost productivity. It has focused in on ways to stop people smoking, abusing alcohol and eating too much high-fat foods. The task force wants the price of an average package of cigarettes to rise by around $5 to $20 by 2013, in conjunction with laws to stop people smoking while children are in cars. Cigarettes should also be sold in plain packages and there should

be more programs to encourage people to quit. The report says if the tobacco strategy was adopted it would result in 1 million fewer Australians smoking and prevent 300,000 premature deaths. Alcohol taxes could also rise, with the taskforce recommending modelling to be undertaken by Treasury to consider taxes that would discourage binge drinking and a minimum “floor price” of drinks. Tax incentives could also be considered to make healthier foods more affordable. The measures are among many the task force has recommended in its goal to reduce the prevalence of smoking among Australians to 10 per cent or less, reduce shortterm risky drinking by 14 per cent and long-term risky drinking to 7 per cent by 2020. Ms Roxon says the Government will not make any decision on the report until at least the end of the year. “We will be delighted if there are changes that are implemented while this consultation process is under way.”

The effect Cannabis (Marijuana) has on a person


ithin a few minutes of inhaling marijuana smoke, the user will likely feel, along with intoxication, a dry mouth, rapid heartbeat, some loss of coordination and poor sense of balance, and slower reaction time. Blood vessels in the eye expand, so the user’s eyes look red. For some people, marijuana raises blood pressure slightly and can double the normal heart rate. Marijuana can be harmful in many ways, through both immediate effects and damage to health over time. Marijuana hinders the user’s shortterm memory, and he or she may have trouble handling complex tasks. Because of the drug’s effects on perceptions and reaction time, users could be involved in auto crashes. Drug users also may become involved in risky sexual behaviour. There is a strong link between drug use and unsafe sex and the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Under the influence of marijuana, students may find it hard to study and learn. Young athletes could find their performance is off; timing, movements, and coordination are all affected as well.

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Big Warm Welcome

Woolworths Fundraiser

“It is a great chance for residents to Once again Roxby Downs Health services are providing a day out for get out and meet each other,” she said. The event will be held at the Lions the residents of Roxby Downs. The Big Warm welcome barbecue is an event that has been run over the last 12 months in Roxby, aimed at bringing the community closer together. All community members are welcome to attend the event and organiser Joanne Culf encourages all the new residents in Roxby Downs to go along. “We have had more than 80 new families come through our program in the 12 months we have been up and running,” Mrs Culf said. “All community members are welcome, especially new community members and families.” Mrs Culf says the program has been a great success and has enabled them also to create a great network of business within the community.

Park on Saturday, September 12 from 11am until 2pm. Activities and games will be organised for the children, while local Jack Maguire will provide live music and entertainment for the event. A free barbecue will also be provided for everyone attending the event, and Mrs Culf is confident of another great turnout. “Last September we had more than 100 people come and take part in the day,” she said. Water will also be provided for drinking at the event, however if you want anything else you must bring it yourself. The day is open to anyone interested and booking is not required, just remember to bring a hat and sunscreen.

From August 17, Woolworths Supermarkets across South Australia are again running community fundraising events for the national Woolworths Fresh Food Kids Hospital Appeal. Roxby Downs Woolworths is getting on board with a stall outside the store selling delicious desserts for charity. The next stall will be held on Wednesday, September 16 from 3-4pm.

Lifeguard training in Roxby Roxby Downs Leisure Centre is bringing Life Guard training to town.

The Leisure Centre management has organised to have training facilities in Roxby Downs to assist people who wish to do their Pool Life guard training or Bronze Medallion. Leisure Centre’s Operations Manager Michael Esposito says training is important for people who are or wish to be lifeguards. “We provide training for anyone who would like to become qualified as a pool life guard and/or to update their existing qualifications,” he said. “We are mostly targeting current and future pool lifeguards.” Anyone aged 14 years and above can take part in the Bronze Medallion for $30, while ages 16 and over can take part in pool lifeguard training which is a two day course for just $140, updated life guard training is just $95. Mr Esposito says the training is important for anyone who wishes to take up lifesaving. “The training will help people to learn the skills necessary to be an excellent pool lifeguard,” he said. The courses will be held at the Leisure Centre on September 12 and 13 bookings are essential. To secure your place please contact Yvonne Klomp on 8671 0500 or 0419 888 174


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


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


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

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G reen tip Did you know?

Never underestimate the power of a garage sale ... ... especially in a small community – whether you’re a seller or a buyer, nothing beats pouring through those pre-loved treasures while catching up with people you haven’t seen in a while. Page 4 – Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

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South Australian children at risk


By Celeste Lustosa

new Mental Health Act in South Australia has been passed through Parliament and will be in use next year. The new bill allows for a child to be involuntarily detained in a hospital – meaning they are detained by law and parents cannot take them home if the psychiatrist says no. A psychiatrist could give the child any treatment they consider necessary and this could include: electro-shock; forced administration of drugs; seclusion, use of dangerous drugs known to cause death, suicidal behaviour, heart problems and hallucinations in children. Parents could have no say in the treatment, including the child being placed on a legal order to continue to receive drugs at home. Lillian Reekie is a trained primary teacher, author of three books and seminar presenter, all dealing with education and helping families to have


happy, healthy and harmonious homes without medicating. “This new bill can only lead to a huge increase of children on dangerous psychiatric drugs. Parental consent will not even be needed in all cases for children to be given these drugs”, she said. “I was alarmed to see in the new mental health act that parental rights are being totally ignored. In the new bill any child could be involuntarily detained and be treated and given psychiatric drugs without the need for any parental consent”. “Parents could have no rights to refuse any psychiatric treatment proposed for their child and could be told they cannot take their child home”, Mrs. Reekie added. The new bill also does not guarantee that children will be housed in separate wards from adults and any child could be restrained, secluded and even given any kind of treatment all without the need for parental consent. Electric shock is not banned and it can be given to children in South Australia. Electric

shock can cause brain damage, memory loss and even death. “The use of physical force on a vulnerable child can only make the situation worse and be extremely frightening for the child. Children need love, care and security and in my journey I found that these brutal treatments can only harm and not help any child”. “It is so important that parents are made aware of this situation and that their concerns are then passed on to local Members of Parliament and the Mental Health Minister so that amendments are made to this bill once it is in use to protect our children”, she said. To know more about the new bill visit: aspx. Click on bills and then click on “M” under “Bills in the 3rd Session.” This is such an important issue as everybody in our society has relationships with children whether they are parents, teachers, child carers or grandparents.

Leadership Program promotes session in Roxby

The South Australian Regional Community Leadership Program (SARCLP) is the first regional community leadership program of its type established in rural South Australia. It provides a forum for existing and future leaders to share their knowledge, skills and experiences. SARCLP is supported by the University of SA, and endorsed by the Upper Spencer Gulf Common Purpose Group as well as the major industries and communities of the Upper Spencer and northern regions of South Australia. The program will hold a session in Roxby Downs Friday, September 11th at the Council board room and well-known local leaders will give presentations on their experience. The primary goal of the SARCLP is

to build leadership resources within the upper Spencer Gulf and Northern communities. It encourages participants to enter into a wider community system of interest, by providing new perspectives and a broader understanding of regional issues. Through the SARCLP, current and emerging leaders will be further committed and empowered to make a personal and community difference. To know more about the program or put your name down to be a participant in 2010 call 8645 5999 or email admin@ You can also visit the website Places are limited and participants must have the support of their employers where applicable.

Far North Councils share in $131 million government grant

he Roxby Downs Council will receive a total of $142,667 from the Rudd Labor Government‘s Financial Assistance Grants program. Coober Pedy also shared in the grant money with an allocation this year of $797,428, while Pt. August ($3.1 million), Pt. Pirie ($3.9 million) and Whyalla ($4.4 million) also benefitted. All up, South Australian local government will receive record funding of more than $131 million in Financial Assistance Grants in 2009-10, with around 60 per cent of the grants going to regional, rural and remote councils. The general purpose and local roads financial assistance grant is

untied and can be used for any Council project or priorities such as local roads, pools, parks, libraries or waste and environmental services. Roxby Council’s administrator, Mr. Bill Boehm told The Monitor the funds in this year’s grant rounds were slightly up on the previous year when they received a total of $140,099 and allocations are based on a formula. “The funding for Roxby Downs is determined independently by the SA Local Govt Grants Commissions. They recommend amounts based on population, road length and other equity principles.” Without the Financial Assistance Grants, local residents could be paying higher council rates for the same level of service. The Government brought forward

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more than $32 million of this funding to June to help South Australian councils deal with the effects of the current global recession. The Financial Assistance Grants for South Australian councils are in addition to: • $67.9 million through the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program since November 2008; • $28.4 million under the Roads to Recovery program in 2009-10; and • $18.4 million in supplementary local road funding in 2009-10 specifically for South Australian local government. South Australia’s 74 local governing bodies received their first quarterly payment last week.

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Op Shop attracts 200 people every week

Andamooka has Strong Young Women By Celeste Lustosa

A group of girls from Andamooka, between ages 12 to 16, is taking a personal development course, thanks to BHP Billiton’s funding.


By Celeste Lustosa

Andamooka Country Women’s also collect and distribute clothes, Shops. toys and gifts to Marree community At the moment, CWA volunteers Association (CWA) Op Shop.

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Downs and Andamooka communities. Everyone that works in the CWA Op Shop is a volunteer and has been providing such a good service that the donations and customers keep rising. “Andamooka’s Op Shop is visited by around 200 people weekly and on a busy week 300,” said Pat Freer. The CWA Op Shop volunteers

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

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

Country Womens Association

Andamooka Opal Fields Branch

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

Op Shop Hours

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

Andamooka Emergency Services


Anne Legg 0427 974 084


Stefan Bilka 0427 181 752


8672 7072


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

Roxby Downs Health Services 8671 9020

Poisons Information Centre 131 126

Roxby Vet

0419 806 392

Port Augusta Vet 8642 0411

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

several times a year. “All goods we hand out are clean and in excellent condition,” Mash Clifford said. Children from small communities, including Coober Pedy and Peterborough also get presents at Christmas. “We try to help as much as we can and since we have so many amazing people donating, we want them to be sure none of their contributions are put to waste”. “When we have too much stock or old stock not moving we send it to Adelaide and smaller op-shops down there to help them out with goods,” Mash added. Just recently the CWA Op Shop sent 300 bags of goods to smaller Op

are collecting wool to make items for newborn babies in Africa. It was after one of the ladies was moved to tears when watching a story on TV that newborns in Africa are being sent home with their mums wrapped in ‘newspaper’ as they had no clothes. Ladies like the ones you will meet at the CWA Op Shop are definitely making a difference in our world and you can make it too by helping them. The shop is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am – 1pm, but it doesn’t open when it’s raining. To find out more information, or to express your interest in volunteering call 8672 7044, 8672 7171 or 8672 7125.

Mental Health workers visit Andamooka

Mental health workers from Flinders Health Services will visit Andamooka every fortnight.

Contact Andamooka Community Health Services for appointments and recommendations. The visiting dates are as follows:

September 18th October 8th, 9th and 23rd November 5th, 6th and 20th December 3rd, 4th and 18th

Deb Sach a true Andamooka resident By Krystle Bower

One of Andamooka’s well known and loved residents is Deb Sach. Deb who recently turned 50 has lived in Andamooka for more than 22 years, and says if she had the chance to go back and do it all over again, she wouldn’t change a thing. Deb moved to Andamooka in March 1987 to work in the Andamooka hospital for six months, a period she admits at the time seemed daunting. “I came here for six months... to work in the hospital and I refused to sign a contract to stay longer than six months, because at the time I came from living in the city with a view of the sea,” she said. “I met my now husband Josef seven months after moving to Andamooka, and so I stayed.” Deb continues to live in Andamooka with husband Josef while her son Edward has gone to boarding school in Adelaide, saying she loves the community of Andamooka. “My family is here, my husband and kids, family and friends... I love

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the outback I think its pretty, and Andamooka is a caring community,” she said. “Andamooka was very social when I first moved here, and still residents along with the help of Apoma try to maintain the feel of community within.” Deb says that the spirit of a great community is still out there, and just needs to be found. “On Monday, August 31 was the largest funeral I had ever been to in the 22 years I have lived in Andamooka; it was for Otto Zuna, a long time resident who with his family was a special member within our community,” she said. “To see the people turn up to pay their respects at his funeral epitomized everything that is great about Andamooka.” Deb now works at the TAFE in Roxby Downs teaching senior first aid, CPR as well as Rescue and Resuscitation saying it’s a job she enjoys immensely. “Over the past four years 500 or more people have gained the confidence and ability to render

assistance in a first aid situation,” she said. “I think everyone should have CPR skills and I am delighted to have had the opportunity to practice through the TAFE.” Deb believes her job at the TAFE in Roxby gives her the best of both worlds. “It’s great I get to work in Roxby and live in Andamooka, and my son is at boarding school so occasionally I get to go to Adelaide also,” she said. After more than two decades in the small town Deb says she wouldn’t argue with a sea change. “I would really like to get a place in Adelaide, especially when my son goes to university,” she said. “I think 20 years is long enough now.” Despite knowing she will leave Andamooka someday, Deb insists she would not change a thing about her life. “I have had a great life,” she said. “The saddest part about living in a small community with such a transient workforce means I have lost a lot of friends. “It has been good though to be a part of such a wonderful community for so long, and to have had the chance to see the way the community was 20 years ago.” Deb says she will always remember Andamooka the way it is, a great community. Deb Sach with her CPR dummies (or “the Girls” as she calls them) is an example of her vibrant personality.

Every Wednesday:


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

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The Strong Young Womens group has been meeting every fortnight for the last two terms and hopes to keep having BHP’s assistance to be able to help more and more girls. Julie Poston is the coordinator of the group and believes that the course enables these girls to develop as successful women. “Our aim is to help these girls build good self-esteem, confidence, friendship values and have them set goals for their lives, and look into different things that they could do professionally and personally.” Among the activities the course provides there are cookery lessons, skin care, make-up and fashion instructions so they know how to look and feel good about themselves, and also special guests talking about all sorts of issues a woman has to deal with. “We had a couple of nurses coming and talking to the girls about menstruation, body changes, personal hygiene and also various health issues including eating healthy. It was really good,” Julie says. Police officers have also been talking to the girls about teen’s behaviour and following the law. The group also had a fun activity in the Op Shop in Andamooka as their sense of style was put to the test. “I’d like to thank the support from CWA Op Shop because we had a great practice there, had the girls finding the best outfit for their body shapes and we could actually buy the clothes for a bargain. “We have been having such great feedback from this group that I hope we can still count on BHP’s support so we can get more girls to join and not only benefit from the course but also get more involved in the community,” Julie added. The Strong Women Group will have their last course during this term to be enjoyed by girls and their mothers. ‘We will have a special night where the mothers will come in, have some activities with their daughters and share their wisdom. “The funding from BHP lasted until this term and hopefully it can be renewed so we can watch more and more girls from Andamooka and the whole region grow up as confident, successful and mostly important, happy women,” concluded Julie.

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“U R inviting trouble and bills allowing kids to have mobiles. They should only get them when they can afford to pay for them”. JK, Roxby “As a parent, I understand the need to know where your children are, and a mobile phone is a great way to reach them and ensure they’re safe. However, they need to make them so they can only receive calls and they can only ring a selected few ‘in case of emergency’ numbers”. Dug Out, Andamooka “I’d just like to say thank you for providing the opportunity for the community to ‘text the editor’. A text message is so much quicker and easier than ‘snail mail’. Now I can text something through when I think of it and not have to wait until I’m at home and have access to a computer or pen and paper. Thanks again”. Danielle, Roxby Downs “Doctor Lockwood’s new office is fantastic; by bringing professionals into town and to his office I received a diagnosis for my ongoing condition in just one visit and a solution, good stuff”.” Amelia B, Roxby Downs “All mobile phones should be banned in schools. If kids need to contact parents, they should go through the school office. What they do after school is up to them”. David S, Roxby “Just wanna say congrats to Daniel Rogers. Great season of footy and a gutsy and fair player. No better winner for the Mail Medal”. Footy fan, Roxby “About the article “Your chance to cook like a real chef” I got really interested in doing the classes but I think the prices are a bit too high. I’d love to have cooking classes in Roxby but for a more accessible value”. Sarah Lee “I want to congratulate The Monitor for the initiative on Text Time. It’s a modern way to communicate and it shows the newspaper is following the new trends”. Leanne Thompson


Do you think there is a drug problem in the area and were your surprised by the recent drug raids?

On a stroll to work last week I had the opportunity to chat with a young lad on his way to school and came away thinking what a good and positive attitude this young man had on life. If he is an example of the type of young man in Roxby then the future looks pretty positive, albeit he will be lost to the town at least in the short term. This young boy, probably aged around 16 is doing year 11 and like any lad his age knows school is a necessity to achieve his dreams. He is thinking the Navy looks like a good prospect to further his education and perhaps get extra qualifications at the end of his school-

Our kids do have an eye on the future ing in Roxby. But therein lies the dilemma he and many other young people face in rural areas. Roxby is his home and has been for the last five years. His heart and head are torn between establishing a future somewhere else or remaining in Roxby to seek work. He doesn’t relish the idea of leaving the place where he has grown to be a young man and obviously dreads the thought of leaving behind the friends he has grown up with in those formative adolescent years. He loves the freedom of living in a rural and remote area and is a motor bike fanatic, something he possibly would never have done had he been brought up in the confines of the city.

There is a lot to like about the attitudes of the young people in Roxby, their openness and their ability to converse with people of all ages. Older people in the community have been through the process. The thought of leaving the nest and forging their own way in the world is harrowing, and what they really need to know where-ever life takes them is they have the support of their families and can be proud in the knowledge they grew up in a caring community that afforded opportunities they really couldn’t get elsewhere. By comparison Roxby does have a lot to offer kids and teenagers, and while some will say they are bored, that is a response you get at any town or city in Australia.

LETTERS AFL recognises

to the editor local leagues

It’s that time of year when the AFL and community leagues across the country are heading towards the end of another season. I think this is an appropriate time to thank all of those people at local community clubs and leagues and NAB AFL Auskick centres who have combined to achieve another record year of participation. An estimated 733,000 boys, girls, men and women have participated in our game across this year and that result has only been made possible through the work of countless volunteers who have given their time and energy to ensure others can take part in our game. For more than 150 years, Australian football has been an integral part of our culture and community life in the suburbs and regions around the country. It brings people of different ages and backgrounds together and provides an opportunity to celebrate. Despite these challenging economic times, I’m proud to say the game continues to grow, with record numbers taking part in organ-

ized competitions and programs around Australia. Of these, 170,000 boys and girls are taking their first steps in the game through the NAB AFL Auskick centres. All this would not be possible without the wonderful support of the thousands of mums and dads who give up their time to support them. As their children progress through junior levels, they continue to encourage and support them and help out with the many duties required to keep football clubs alive. I want to acknowledge not only all the local community clubs, players, coaches and officials but also the 100,000 plus volunteers who devote more than five million hours a year to ensure our game continues to flourish. Volunteers are the lifeblood of community football. Without their passion, enthusiasm and devotion, the game would simply cease to exist in many suburbs and towns across the country The AFL understands that the success of

our game relies on the ongoing support of clubs and leagues at all levels of the game. I want to assure you that we will continue to fund state leagues and work with them to develop better programs for coaches and umpires at a local level and to ensure young kids across the country are given the best possible chance to reach the elite level. For those teams competing in finals, congratulations and best of luck. For those whose seasons have finished, well done on another year and good luck with your preparations for 2010. Whether you’re enjoying kick to kick in the school yard, playing in the under 16s or engaged in a fierce rivalry at senior level or one of the tens of thousands of volunteers working across the hundreds of leagues across Australia, I want to say thank you for your ongoing support of Australia’s indigenous football code. Andrew Demetriou, CEO AFL

News in brief Gunn shoots down dingo suggestion

Liberal MP Graham Gunn has slammed suggestions that dingoes should be allowed to roam outback areas freely. (ABC News: Erik Havnen) A suggestion that dingoes be allowed to roam many outback areas from which the nation’s dog fence now excludes them is foolish and misguided, says a South Australian MP. Sydney University scientist Mike Letnic argues dingoes should be allowed to roam in national parks to help control foxes and feral cats which can threaten native wildlife. The dog fence across the outback has been keeping dingoes out of many areas for more than a century. Graham Gunn says pastoralists have enough pressures without a need to worry about dingoes killing their sheep. “In the northern part of my electorate, inside the dog fence, I’ve got people who are now very concerned that there are dingoes in there and it takes a great deal of time to actually catch them and eliminate them,” he said. “I want to bring it to the attention of the State Government [so] that any of their trendy, greenie mates don’t get a rush of blood and follow suit.”

Water trial part of Roxby expansion plan

BHP Billiton plans to run a trial of drawing water from a hypersaline aquifer below its proposed open pit expansion of the Olympic Dam mine in outback South Australia. A 25-kilometre pipe has been installed north of Roxby Downs to remove water from below the mine site and inject it into a nearby aquifer, instead of letting it run onto the ground. If the mine expansion is approved, the saline water would be extracted and used for tasks including suppression of dust. Anita Poddar, for BHP Billiton, told ABC radio recently without access to the aquifer, the company would have to look for other water sources, such as more desalination or water from the Great Artesian Basin. “It’s good that we don’t have to use that water and obviously it’s a better environmental alternative,” she said. The proposed trial has government backing and has been discussed with the Arid Lands Natural Resources Management Board and the Pastoral Board. THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper

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Council Budget overview

Council Rates Breakdown Council rates are allocated across a wide range of services, including operating maintenance and capital replacement of infrastructure. The Council works to maintain a balance between immediate needs as well as both short and long term planning for future communities. The following is an approximate expenditure breakdown for every $100 paid in rates.

Council’s $15.3 million expenditure including distribution of overheads, can be highlighted by the following:





Participating in Local Government, Spencer Gulf Cities and Provincial Cities Associations, Operating Services SA and Government Housing Agency Services and Municipal Rates collection.

Operation and maintenance of the Leisure Centre, tennis and netball courts, swimming pool, community ovals and associated buildings, support to Sport & Recreation Forum plus broader recreation development assistance to local sporting organisations.




Assistance to Business Forum, Northern Region Development Board, tourism support signage and marketing, Visitor Information Centre operation plus festivals support.



Operations and waste levy associated with Opal Road waste landfill, domestic garbage collection service, garbage charges, street cleaning, weed control, assistance to Environment Forum and other actions



Operation and maintenance of footpaths, roads and streets, street lighting, streetscaping, traffic control, public conveniences, parks and gardens, playgrounds, bike paths, BMX track, skate park, stormwater drainage and assistance to Roxby Road Safe.



Operation of youth centre, community library, auditorium, cinema / theatrette and art gallery, community development support to Community Board and Forums to support the implementation of the Roxby Downs Community Plan. Page 8 – Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Allocation of rates

Governance Business Tourism Garbage Collection Landfill & Recycling Public Conveniences Street Cleaning Library Stormwater Street Lighting Parks & Gardens Footpaths Roads & Streets Streetscaping Community Development Family & Youth Cultural Services Sport & Recreation Swimming Ovals Building Planning & Health Dogs Cats & Reg Control Other

$0.80 $0.60 $1.50 $10.00 $5.40 $0.70 $4.20 $7.10 $1.20 $2.70 $3.80 $1.90 $1.70 $9.10 $5.50 $8.60 $12.80 $5.60 $6.00 $5.50 $2.40 $2.20 $0.70


Regulatory control services associated with administration of the Development Act, and Public and Environmental Health and Animal Control under the Dog and Cat Management Act and emergency service levy and management.







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Are your children ready for life in a big city?

Proud to call Australia home

By Celeste Lustosa Many claim to enjoy a peaceful way of life and feel this is the major advantage of living in a small community, such as Roxby Downs. But it is also fact that eventually the kids grow up and need to move to bigger cities, either to start University or complete any other studies. Are these youngsters from Roxby prepared for the life in a big city? Amongst the big differences in the lifestyle there’s the indifferent way people might treat you as not everybody knows each other like in a small community. Traffic and public transport can be a challenge apart from taking a long time in your day just getting places; girls suddenly have to deal with the more forward boys from the big cities and may not be ready for that, and the list goes on and on. What can parents do to make this change easier for their children? According to Anne Gray, mother of three children living away from Roxby, there is no way to prepare your children for the emotional challenges they face when living away from family. Mr. and Mrs. Gray have Laura, 20, Simon, 18 and Elizabeth, 16. Simon and Elizabeth are in boarding school and Laura lives by herself in Adelaide where she studies Occupational Therapy and works parttime. “I don’t know if you can ever prepare your children emotionally for a life on their own. But they learn how to be more independent very quickly, which is one of the positive aspects of having them moving,” Mrs. Gray said. But Mrs. Gray added

that having your children living in a bigger and different city from you is not easy for anyone involved. “It’s not easy for the parents or the children but as parents we want to give them the best opportunities they can get and the bigger cities provide many good educational and professional choices.” Leaving the family home has many challenges and changes in lifestyle as you find yourself living on a budget and having to work out your own finances. There are also all the differences between the lifestyle in a country town like Roxby and a bigger city like Adelaide, where you find yourself having to take public transport, at times have to live in shared accommodation with people you haven’t known for long and competing for work with people from all over the world and all sorts of qualifications. Living and working in the country, especially the most remote parts of Australia might seem much healthier. The air may be cleaner than in the cities, the roads emptier, and the noise levels lower but so are the opportunities of learning and improving professionally which doesn’t mean that after gaining their qualifications, the country children don’t prefer to return to their original town. “My children love Roxby, they liked their lives here and as far as I know so far, our daughter Laura plans to come back to the country after she finishes Uni in Adelaide,” said Mrs. Gray. Bernie and Louise Reid have two of their girls in boarding school in Adelaide and also experience the concerns of not being around every time their

children need something. “Our girls were 15 when they went to boarding school and the first months were very hard for us because they wanted to come back home, but we knew that it was best for them to experience living in a place other than Roxby for a while,” said Louise Reid. Louise and her husband Bernie have also lived in boarding schools and believe although it was hard at times; it was a great experience that helped them become more independent. “I have lived away from home since I was 12 and that gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of good people and realise we don’t have to always rely on mum and dad and just make our own decisions,” Bernie said. “It is hard not to have the girls home next to us but we are giving them the opportunity to have new experiences and brighten their horizons for their future.” Bernie also acknowledged that although their daughters are in boarding school, they do worry about safety in Adelaide. “They are not allowed out without supervision but at the same time they are around people we don’t know who their families are, as in Roxby you know the people your children hang around with.” Every parent and every child experience the move in a different way but all involved agree that it can be a life changing opportunity to get out of the comfort zone and face the “jungle” in a big city. And one thing is for sure, children appreciate much more the home cooked meals.

Neil Garry Durandt and his wife Suzette Louise Durandt became Australian Citizens at the Roxby Downs Council in June this year. The ceremony at the Roxby Council Offices were witnessed by one of their daughters, Megan. Congratulations to them both on such a momentous occasion.

Students learn about mine safety Students from year 10 from Roxby Downs Area School had a presentation about Occupational Safety to help them with a work experience week. The presentation was held by Peter Franklin from Sandvik and it was a good activity for both parties. “I enjoy giving presentations and since safety is a big focus in our region for the mining activities I think it’s great to pass on some useful information for the students,” said Mr. Franklin. The students had an opportunity to know more about legal responsibilities

from employers and employees. “We went through the legislation, regulations and Australian standards for occupational safety at work.” In July this year Sandvik achieved a Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR) of 0.00 which has been maintained since the day the story was run. This means that the company didn’t have any recordable injuries in its workforce at Olympic Dam for the 365 days to July 1, and since then. Whilst this has been achieved by many companies at Olympic Dam,

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Sandvik employees, like Peter Franklin, are very proud of their achievement given the high risk nature of the work they perform, which includes crane lifting, fabrication, machine shop and project work, vehicle and crane mechanical repairs and service, abrasive blasting and protective coating. All employees continue to focus on safety as their first priority and Mr Franklin was happy to share his knowledge with the students, who could in the future be working for one of the mining contractors in the region.

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Transforming your home with artificial turf

or 30 years Jim and Margaret Perkins have endured the long hot summers of the Far North, battling against the elements to establish a lovely home and garden. Last week after years of trying to grow and maintain lawns around their home, they had artificial turf put in and couldn’t be happier. The lawns have transformed their garden and the look of their home and best thing is there is no more over use of our most precious resource, water. An added bonus is there is no longer any upkeep or mowing required with

conventional lawns. Local contractor Steven Webber together with suppliers, John and Maureen Sullivan of No Mow Turf, transformed the look of the Perkins’ house in just two days. Being on a corner allotment and visible from two major roads in Roxby the appearance of new evergreen turf is sure to turn a few heads and create a lot more interest from homeowners in Roxby. The recent major replacement of the turf to artificial turf at St. Barbara’s School is another example that the community of Roxby is serious about conserving water over summer and serious about creating a pleasant environment with

the new clean, green look of artificial turf. Maureen Sullivan of No Mow said their company can supply turf for a variety of jobs from the smallest garden to tennis courts and ovals. Anyone with enquiries about artificial turf can see samples at Mitre 10 in Roxby or call Steven Webber of SMW Building for quotes and installation. Both John and Maureen who are Statewide agents for Synthetic Turf Products say business is really taking off as more and more people see the benefits of using this no maintenance product.

Consider Spring-ing Into Refinancing


s the dust settles on the Reserve Bank of tion at present, as the housing finance activity from first Australia’s announcement that it will leave homebuyers begins to relax a little. the cash rate on hold at 3% for the sixth month in a row, borrowers are considering spring cleaning their mortgage. With cash rate rises almost certainly on the horizon and some lenders already increasing interest rates, savvy borrowers will be looking at their mortgage situation and the loan options available to them while monitoring any rate indications or actual movements their current lender makes. Why? To make sure the loan they have is still the best on the market. Refinancing of home loans topped $1.5 billion in June 2009, which was double the activity of a year ago. This significant jump demonstrates the interest in switching loans, ‘topping up’ and/or debt consolida-

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woman Stereotyping from childhood Stereotyping is often a touchy issue, so in writing my column I truly hope I do not offend anyone. My views and opinions are manifested mostly from experiences I have personally had and may not reflect those of others. I am touching on the issue of stereotyping simply due to a conversation I had with my five year old niece; a truly intelligent little girl. Stereotyping is a large part of life, sometimes it can be the fuel for serious arguments or the subject of a joke. I wish to look further into stereotyping as it exists in our childhood, as I believe this is where our major stereotyping is developed from. Common stereotypes would suggest that blondes are ditsy and for lack of a better word stupid, that brunettes are smart and independent… who could blame them if this is what they had been taught. I recently went on holidays and was visiting with my sister and her children, and whilst in the middle of a conversation, I was interrupted by my five year old niece who made a comment so profound it made me think. “Mummy is pretty like Cinderella, and you are like the girl who wears the yellow dress (who my sister told me was Belle from Beauty and the Beast).” I asked my niece why she thought this was so and she answered sarcastically as if I should have known the answer. “Because you are smart and you like to read and mummy is just pretty and special, that’s all.” Wanting to know more about my niece’s perception I asked why I wasn’t Snow White who was smart also, or Ariel. At this point my niece had her hands on her hips and was giving me a stare as to suggest; maybe you aren’t as smart as I thought. She then said, “You can’t see you’re not like the others, cause your hair is different.” I thought about this for some time, I had just been stereotyped by a child based on what she had seen in a fairytale movie. I had to admit though in this circumstance my niece was spot on, and because of this it made me wonder, was there truth to what she had said. Belle’s character (a brunette) in the fairytale is that of a strong independent young woman, who is smart and loving; I suppose many would say the same of me, those friends of mine who knew me growing up would definitely agree. Cinderella (a blonde) is a beautiful and wonderful character, who has amazing talent (in her case singing) but at the end of the fairytale she gets married, she doesn’t go off and use her talent to become successful, which is like my sister who despite being talented throughout her childhood became a mother of two straight out of school. It left me to analyse the structure of the other characters based on friends I had, seeing if they fit the profile, and soon it fitted into place. Ariel (a red head) was a smart character but very rebellious when she didn’t get her way. Snow White (black hair) ran away from home, and went through seven men with different emotions before she could figure out who she truly was. Needless to say not everyone is the same, and like I said this is simply my thoughts on a comment made by my five year old niece who despite being ‘blonde’ proves to be a very intelligent little girl. My niece didn’t mention the colour of our hair, but I knew it was a factor in her decision making. I do not suggest that I believe there is any weight in this subject.

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The importance of a second opinion


hen faced with an illness it is not uncommon for a person to want an answer, the right one.

Today, people are becoming more involved in their own healthcare and based on someone’s current doctor-patient relationship, the patient should know whether their doctor is sugar-coating an illness to keep the patient at ease, instead of bluntly giving the facts. As each situation is different it is up to the patient to decide which path they would like to take, second opinion or not. Sometimes it can cost more money to visit a second doctor for another diagnosis and most people will say, “What is the point the doctor told me ‘this’ he/she must be right!” However, it is said that no one knows your body like you do, not even a doctor. A patient can only do their best to describe how they feel to a doctor, and a doctor can only do their best to diagnose based on the information. Sometimes a small but important piece of information will go unmentioned which is why it is good in some circumstances to get a second opinion. After all ‘It is better to be safe, than sorry’. Medical experts note a second opinion is a good idea if you are considering a major surgery or


are told additional surgery is needed, diagnosed with a lifethreatening disease such as heart disease or cancer, given a poor or unclear diagnosis on a health problem, or asked to participate in a clinical trial. In cancer patient cases, second opinions regarding diagnosis, treatment plans and cancer specialists are very common and well-recommended. Physicians will often work with one another on many acute patient cases and they will ask for a second opinion from a colleague or specialist. Patients can seek a “blind” second opinion, meaning that medical records, test results and first physician’s opinion are not made available to the second physician. In most cases it is up to the patient whether they wish to share their second opinion options with his/her first doctor; there are however advantages and disadvantages to both. Since the final diagnosis determines the specific treatment a patient will receive, a second opinion by a doctor or specialist is a good idea for patients facing major treatment or surgery. If you know you are not well and your doctor has been unable to diagnose you or give you a satisfactory answer, then it is recommended you seek a sec- A second opinion by a doctor or specialist is a good idea for ond opinion. patients facing major treatment or surgery.

Mastitis: A common breast infection during breastfeeding

astitis is a common breast feeding can also alter how an infant suckles, tion to a suckling infant. Self-care during a bout of mastitis can infection usually of a bacterial making small cracks and abrasions in the help alleviate symptoms and reduce the risk nature amongst mothers who breast more likely. The main symptoms of mastitis are breast of a breast abscess or further breast infecare breastfeeding. Breast infection is rarely seen outside of lactation. Left untreated, mastitis can develop into a painful abscess that requires surgical draining. Breastfeeding places stress on the nipple and surrounding breast tissue, which often results in small skin cracks. Bacteria from the baby’s mouth or the mother’s skin may enter these abrasions and infect breast tissue; tissue inflammation presses on the breast’s milk ducts, altering milk flow and causing pain. Plugged milk ducts during lactation may also cause a breast infection, an erratic nursing schedule or missed feedings can cause breast engorgement, in which the breast fills with unused milk. This in turn can cause milk to stagnate and milk ducts to plug, creating a breeding area for mastitis-causing bacteria. External pressure on the breasts during lactation increases the chances of developing plugged milk ducts and breast mastitis. Tight clothing or ill-fitted bras can restrict milk flow and make breast infections more likely. Other objects or activities that can compress breasts may also often contribute to mastitis. Smoking, fatigue, anemia, and stress while breastfeeding increases the risk of breast mastitis; anatomical defects and surgical scars may also increase the risk of breast infection during lactation. Women with fibrocystic breast disease may have a slightly higher risk of breast mastitis than those with “normal” breasts. Abruptly ceasing breastfeeding towards the end of lactation can cause a period of breast engorgement and increases the risk of mastitis. Using bottles and pacifiers during

pain, swelling, redness, and fever. Generally, a breast infection affects only one breast, breast enlargement, due to swelling and milk engorgement is also common during mastitis, the most alarming symptom of mastitis is the presence of a breast lump; as most women associate breast lumps with cancer, the initial reaction often includes anxiety and fear. Mastitis may change nipple sensation, or result in nipple discharge with pus from the infection. Sensations of heat, itching, and tenderness may be felt in affected areas of the breast. The standard treatment for breast infection is antibiotic medication, however if mastitis symptoms do not improve within a day of starting antibiotics, it is possible the breast infection is a yeast infection, and not caused by bacteria. An episode of mastitis during lactation may make a woman wonder if she should continue breastfeeding; the answer, usually, is yes. Continuing breastfeeding and expressing milk prevents breast engorgement and milk stagnation, both of which can worsen mastitis symptoms. Infants may prefer feeding at the other breast, if the infant refuses to take enough milk from the mastitis infected breast, excess milk should be expressed to prevent breast engorgement. Mastitis during lactation presents little danger of infec-

tion. Applying a moist hot compress to the affected breast for fifteen to twenty minutes four times a day can help reduce mastitis pain. Some women gain relief from breast infection pain by expressing milk in a hot shower. If you are worried that you may be suffering from mastitis seek medical advice from your doctor. Source: http://www.breasthealthfocus. com/articles/breast-disease/mastitis.php

Funny Facts

Q. How many men does it take to change a roll of toilet paper? A. We don’t know... it’s never happened!

Men are like Government Bonds… They take soooooooo…… long to mature. Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 – Page 13


Zeppy’s Reviews

TV Review: True Blood

Bloody brilliant

Being a fan of the Twilight series, I was somewhat apprehensive about the much talked about True Blood. The vampire story is great but ease up a bit, were my sentiments. After much personal debate I finally decided to see what all the fuss was about. I am so glad I jumped on this band wagon. Vampires have “come out of the coffin” as the show states, revealing their existence to the world after centuries of remaining secret. Now the world is in upheaval, with America leading the charge. Should these creatures be allowed to walk amongst humans? Are they evil beings with no sense of human life or are they just like everyone else? These are questions the world is asking itself: can we really coexist with vampires? The danger, it seems, is minimal now that the Japanese have created synthetic blood – True Blood – meaning the vampires no longer need to feed off humans. But is this substitute really enough or is the warm flowing blood of a living human too much a temptation for the blood suckers to bear? To answers these questions, we enter the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps. This is no simple town, however; the secrets are piled high and will have you clutching your seats with anticipation. Sookie Stackhouse is a small town girl with an open mind, quite literally; she has telepathy, the ability to read minds. No one’s thoughts are secret from this beautiful waitress as she spends the majority of her days trying to shut out the often perverse and simple-minded thoughts of her neighbours and friends. That is until the appearance of Bill Compton, a 173-year-old vampire who immediately takes a shine to Sookie, and her to him. Lacking the ability to read Bill’s mind, Sookie finds peace in this vampire’s presence and after saving his life – or whatever it is vampires possess – the two form an unbreakable bond. I know what you’re thinking, not another vampire-human love story but really people, what makes a movie or series if not forbidden love? Of course, True Blood is not a lovey-dovey romance show that will have you bored to death with the same old nonsense you’ve seen a thousand times. Rather, it’s a tale of the “terrors of intimacy” as the show’s creator explains and really, he’s on the mark. Sookie’s pull towards Bill is shadowed by fear – after all he is a vampire – but it is not only her character that is forced to deal with that terror. Ultimately, it is everyone who must face their demons in True Blood, learning to accept a world with vampires and find a way to coexist in harmony. Each character in the series is forced to deal with vampires and not one opinion is the same. Sam Merlotte, owner of the town’s bar Merlotte’s – creative, I know – is an avid support of vampire rights, that is until Bill arrives and captures the heart of Sookie. Similarly, Sookie’s brother Jason, who is a selfish, egotistical southern jock with nothing but sex on the mind, is forced to battle with his feelings about vampires with his sister dating one. In fact, it is really the characters that make

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this show so successful. Yes, the writers have put an interesting twist on the vampire myths but ultimately it’s the people who will have you hooked on this masterpiece. From the abusive and overly sensitive best friend Tara to the aggressive and idiotic town detective to even the flamboyant and morally questionable cook Lafayette, this colourful cast will have you laughing, crying and sometimes cringing at the situations in which they find themselves. What really struck me with this series, however, was the writing. The writers have taken the ancient myths about vampires and applied them to the real world. But more than this, they have crafted characters who are believable, flawed and completely loveable. Well in actuality it was the original author of the novels on which True Blood is based that created these characters but the writers have taken liberties to add a different flavour to them. The stereotypical closedmindedness of the southern “hicks” is well capitalised in True Blood to create scenarios that place the main characters in many thrilling situations. From vampire “lynch mobs” to bible-toting religious nuts, all the ingredients for great drama are utilised to make the perfect meal. But what is truly remarkable about True Blood is the way the writers have taken the classic concepts about vampires and turned them around. From the opening scene we realise that not all vampires are gothic, heavy metal loving weirdos; instead they are ordinary people. From the overweight trucker to the 18th century war veteran to the bratty teenage schoolgirl, everything you know about vampires is challenged. Of course, the myths are played up greatly in True Blood, such as the stake through the heart, the no sunlight rule and even the werewolf myth of silver is used as a weapon against these creatures. However the writers have also created new myths, the most potent being the introduction of V Juice. V Juice is vampire blood, and when consumed by a human has the same mind altering effect that drugs such as Ecstasy and Crystal Meth have on the body. It also has the same addictiveness, hooking a user on the substance to the point of attempting to kill a vampire for their next fix. True Blood is a captivating series that will hook you on the first episode and not let you go until the very end, leaving you with cliffhanger after cliff-hanger that will have you cursing the writers for leaving you hanging with such compelling and shocking drama.

The verdict: 8/10

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Business owners in The site is really easy to navigate and offers an alternahe Monitor launches its new On-Line Roxby Central joined many Newspaper this week with more news and tive for those who prefer to the digital format. Many locals have had a preview of the new site which shoppers in expressing more features. their anger and frustration

The Monitor On-Line version has always had a strong on line readership of around 2,500 readers per month but has been restricted to a download version of the entire paper,” said Ray Goldie CEO of The Monitor. “The new format allows readers many more options while retaining the choice to download the entire paper. “Now you can go on-line and select specific stories or groups of stories of interest just with one click of the mouse” said Mr Goldie. “Click on sport and all of the week’s sports stories and photos will appear.” Similarly you can click on the Out and About pages to see the social photo’s for that edition. It’s very easy to navigate for those who prefer the digital newspaper format. Mr Goldie said “Now you don’t have to ever again miss out on reading about the latest news, sport or community events in Roxby Downs and across the Far North. Wherever you are in the world you can log onto themonitor. and get your Roxby fix.”

has been posted as a trial copy for the past two months and given it the tick of approval. For those who want to read the entire paper page by page, adverts and all they will be pleased with the new format. Both the current edition and past editions (6 years of them) will now open faster and you can turn each page just like a hard copy, just click on past editions. The on line version carries all of the key community information that appears regularly in The Monitor including What’s On, Road Conditions, Weather Conditions, Alliance Airline timetable and Roxby Council Notices to name a few. A google desk top search facility is included which will assist those researching specific information on local topics. “This is only the beginning” said Mr Goldie “We have a number of new features that will be added to the site over the coming months. So check in regularly for new photo and story galleries and information sources and watch us grow.

with a group of charity collectors who were soliciting support for a children’s charity. The men who were in Roxby last week to garner support sponsorship of children were stationed in front of Woolworths, constantly approaching shoppers. Business owners and workers expressed concern for the customers who were approached every time they went into the mall. “I believe it affects people’s shopping experience,” one business owner said. “If you stop for one second to look at something they are all over you trying to talk to you.” Local retailers have suggested the men would be more productive if they set

up a stall and stayed there, suggesting if people were really that interested in the product, service or charity they would stop and want to listen. “I don’t think people would mind if they set up the stall and stayed where they were, but when they follow you and harass you, then it’s a different story,” one worker said. “By standing at both ends of the mall they are trapping the people with no way out.” Workers and residents of Roxby have also said they have been approached by the men and felt harassed by their overbearing manner. “They come in and start talking to you and not about the charity either, but they keep talking,” a young girl commented. Some of the retailers said customers were com-

ing in their shops and taking refuge saying they were “avoiding the guys in the mall”. “In this town you are likely to see the same person three times, and if they approach you every time that can get frustrating,” another business owner said. “They should not be here for five days of the week and walking around; they should set up a stall and stay there for no more than two days.” Shop owners say they don’t get a choice in whether the charities set up stall or not, saying the decision is made by the manager of the mall who works in Adelaide. While no one denies charities for needy children are a great cause, they object to the pressure applied by the men selling the concept.

NAB branches helping find test for ovarian cancer HAVE YOUR SAY . . . By Celeste Lustosa

The NAB branches in northern South Australia are this week launching their Silver Ribbon campaign to help raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF). NAB branch in Roxby Downs is selling silver ribbons, pens and chocolates to help the OCRF work towards finding an early detection test for ovarian cancer. “We are very proud that the bank does it every year and very happy to be part of it as well,” said NAB Manager in Roxby, Karen Williams. This year marks the eighth year NAB has supported the OCRF. In that time, NAB staff around Australia have raised more than $3 million through its Silver Ribbon campaign. “For eight years now, NAB staff from around Australia have come together to raise funds to help find an early detection test. It is with thanks to their ongoing commitment and support that we continue to be able to fund medical research appointments and purchase much needed medical equipment,” said Liz Heliotis, OCRF CEO and Co Founder. “We are looking forward to raising as much as we can

and we want people from Roxby to know that it is very easy to help, so we invite them to come to our branch and buy a ribbon, a pen or a chocolate from the campaign,” said Karen. Ovarian cancer currently claims the life of one woman every ten hours. Mortality rates continue to be so high because there is no early detection test which means by the time the cancer is discovered it is often too late. More than eighty percent of women are in the advanced stages of the disease when they are diagnosed. Of this group there is a five year survival rate of 20-30%.

Are there enough things for teenagers to do in Roxby Downs? Jill Koning “Not a chance, no way, there isn’t. The kids have to make their own fun, because there is absolutely nothing for them to do.”

The ultimate goal of the OCRF research team is to find suitable markers that can be used to diagnose ovarian cancers with at least 99.6% accuracy – the level required for a regular screening test for all women. Residents from Roxby Downs can make a donation to the OCRF by visiting the local NAB branch located at Richardson Place and purchasing a silver ribbon for $5, a pen for $3 or some chocolates for $1.20 each.

Leanne from the Roxby Downs NAB with some of the fund raising products .

Chris Hepburn “There is no where near enough things for teenagers to do”

Lesley Newcombe “There are plenty of sports for the children. My son always says he is bored, but teenagers will say that no matter where they live.”

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In Photo: Back Left to Right: Rick Weston, John Hatty, Glenn Bassett, Tony Frunks (Downer EDi) Sponsor, Rob Kinnaird, and Glenton Mungur. Kneeling Left to Right: Jen Telfer, Sarah Weston, Maree Jackson (Captain).


owner EDI Area Manager Tony Frunks turned up to volleyball on Monday, August 31 to


watch the Tigers tear up the teresting volleyball team shirts. Court. Tony on behalf of Downer EDI

The Tigers were fortunate enough to be sponsored by was proud to accept a framed Downer EDI for some very in- picture of the team.

Burdett takes out Stableford

The division two result saw a countback beixteen diehard golfers boycotted the local Football Grand Final tween eventual winner Pete Tegen (38) and on Saturday to contest the club’s Seb Holbrook (38) with Jeff Barrand only one point out of the count on 37. Stableford competition. Ladies’ winner was Sally Benn with 33 from Overall winner was Division Two player Jarrod Burdett after amassing 44 points two Uleen Pearce on 32. ahead of the field. Longest drive winners were Damien ConNeville Pethrick was Division One winner don, Seb Holbrook and Sally Benn. with 42 stableford points four ahead of his Condon also took out the nearest the pin nearest rival in Brenton Waye on 38, and Tony Holbrook a further two behind on 36. prize on hole 2.

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Miners go straight to Grand Final F

By Bec Eli

inals netball began this week for the RDNA competition with large crowds and a high standard of netball. In the only A1 Semi Final for the week, minor premiers, Miners 1 faced Hornridge 1. Predicted to be a tight and physical game, the girls definitely turned up to play and didn’t disappoint the large and vocal crowd. The game was hard and fast from the first whistle with all players giving 110 percent in what was a physical contest. Both teams unfortunately attained injuries throughout the game with Fraser for Miners going down in the first thirty seconds of the game and Hornridge’s Harris leaving the court later in the game with a foot injury. With Hornridge down only by one at three quarter time, Harris’ injury appeared to unsettle the magpies and Miners created crucial turnovers which were capitalized on to take home the win 55 to 42 putting Miners 1 straight into the grand final and leaving Hornridge to take on Olympic Dam 1 next week in the preliminary final. In the A2 Semi Finals

Hornridge 2 played Miners 2 while Zodiacs faced Olympic Dam 2. The game for Hornridge and Miners began in a similar fashion for both teams with nerves taking over and preventing either side from scoring in the first minutes of the game. Miners appeared to be the team to settle first and with accuracy in the goal circle improving they went to a six goal lead at quarter time. Hornridge made one positional change at quarter time but to no avail and by half time Miners had stretched the lead to eleven. The beginning of the third saw more changes by Hornridge and they began the quarter strongly however tight defence by Miners and some difficulty for the Hornridge shooters to find the ring meant the Miners went to the three quarter time break eighteen goals up. The last quarter continued in the same way and Miners 2 took the win 47 to 26. This sees the 2009 season over for the Magpies. The other A2 game saw the top two teams Zodiacs and Olympic Dam 2 fight it out. This was a much closer game than the previous and it was evident why these two teams finished top of the ladder in the A2 competition. Nielson and

Tara Crawford receives a pass in the goal circle. Scott continued as they have all season providing strong drives, movement and pressure through the midcourt while the goal ring defence for Olympic Dam of Edmonds and Page was good to watch. At the three quarter time whistle Zodiacs led by one goal, but took the game in the final quarter with a five goal win. This puts Zodiacs through to the grand final in two weeks and sees Olympic Dam 2 meet Miners

2 in the A2 Preliminary final next week. In the B grade, the top two teams Miners Red and Miners White played in the late game. The first quarter was relatively even with Miners White hitting the benches at quarter time with a two goal lead. This didn’t last long however, as Miners Red, without positional changes, rose to the challenge and enjoyed a six goal lead by

half time. This lead continued into the third and by full time Miners Red had a convincing sixteen goal win, 50 to 34. This sees Miners Red straight through to the grand final in two weeks. In the other B grade final Olympic Dam 3 played Hornridge 3. Hornridge started the game strongly and came out hard while OD appeared to struggle with the ball in attack and at quarter time Hornridge

3 had a five goal lead. OD came out stronger in the second quarter and by half time were trailing only by three. Missed scoring opportunities in the second half for Hornridge and an OD side firing, meant the Devils enjoyed several unanswered goals early in the third to put them in a solid position. The defenders for both teams were made to work hard and Reid combined

well with McGauchie in defence for Olympic Dam while Darling ran hard through the midcourt. Plane and Allen worked well in attack for Hornridge but it wasn’t enough to stop the Devils win, 36 to 29. This sees Hornridge take to the bench for the remainder of the season while Olympic Dam 3 will meet Miners White next week in the Preliminary final.

Left to Right. 1) Kerry Wild. 2) Jess Finzel. 3) Louise Moll (Honridge) defending a shot for goal. 4) Regina Qualmann.


Preliminary Finals Draw 6.00pm Court 1 A2 Miners 2 V Olympic Dam 2

5th September SEMI FINALS

11 & Under 1 v 2 Bullets 23 v T-Birds 6 3 v 4 Shooters 10/13 v Rockets 10/16

7.15pm Court 2 B Grade Olympic Dam 3 V Miners White

Draw @ fulltime, played time on result 13 - 16

8.30pm Court 1 A1 Olympic Dam 1 V Hornridge 1

13 & Under 1 v 2 Bullets 45 v Rockets 14 3 v 4 Shooters 54 v T-Birds 29

R.D.N.A. Continuous raffle draw 9 

17 & Under: 1 v 2 Lightning 36 v Bullets 48 3 v 4 Shooters 34 v T-Birds 36

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OD goes back to back


The big crowd was on its toes as Roxby Downs still had the run of play and could have been four or five goals ahead if they had been more direct. Coming out of defence and across centre the Miners persisted going short and sideways, despite having winners right down the spine. It was an obvious game plan to upset the Devils early, but going wide when they were on top lost a number of scoring opportunities. So instead of having a match winning lead by the last break the Miners had to be content with only a four point buffer and the big question could the boys hold on knowing they had the pace and the younger legs for one last effort for the flag. THREE QUARTER TIME Roxby District Olympic Dam

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The motto adopted by Roxby for the big game was BELIEVE and it appeared they did, with a strong start to the last 20 minutes of a low scoring grand final. Seven minutes into the quarter the Miners had opened up an 11 point lead and were doing enough to suggest OD couldn’t get back from there. The Devils looked ragged and spent, but then Montgomerie shook off the hard Chislett and kicked a much needed goal for the green and golds. With five minutes to go and only three points in it Roxby found something and added a goal, enough for the big band of Red and White Army supporters to think they could cause the upset of the year and end OD’s reign at the top. Enter captain courageous, Nigel Shinnick. Playing what is reported to be his last game of footy, Shinnick somehow got his dodgy knees to run into the middle of a pack grabbed the ball and chipped it over the top to big Monty who took a diving mark only metres from goal. The rest they say is history. Montgomerie goaled, the Devils hit the front with under two minutes remaining and the premiership flag returned to Olympic Dam for the 17th time. The thrilling final was a victory stolen from a great, young side and as acknowledged by OD coach Les Myles, they will be a powerhouse in the competition for years to come. OD won the 2008 premiership from the Miners by just eight points. This year it was three. Can it get any closer?

A good one handed pick-up allowed this young Roxby player to send his side into attack early in the game.

Close games for Colts grand finals

GRAND FINAL RESULTS 5th Sept 2009 Olympic Dam 10 - 10 70 Roxby Districts 10 - 7 67 Best on ground Tyson Hornhardt

Grand final day got off to a great start when the junior colts battled out the first game with the eventual winners being the Hawks over the Bulldogs. Best on ground for the final was Jack Daly. In the Senior Colts, Hawks rallied for a great victory over arch rivals Bulldogs, the boy’s first win over the Hawks nearly three months. With just 11 points in it, the result was an indication of the closeness of the game. The skills and pace of the boys shows the future of football in Roxby is looking good. Dan Reid was named best on ground.


Hawks 8 - 8 56 Bulldogs 4 -1 25 Best on ground Jack Daly


Hawks 8 - 7 55 Bulldogs 6 - 8 44 Best on ground Dan Reid

Tyson Hornhardt was named best on ground in the grand final. He is pictured above after receiving his medal.

OD’s Scott Peek spoils Jarrod Pyke’s attempt at a mark.

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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

1986 Stephen Dryburgh (Roxby Districts FC) 1987 Don Henderson (Cen trals) 1988 Tim McLeod (Roxby) 1989 Stephen Dryburgh Roxby tied with Gary Bush (Woomera) 1990 Tony Richter (Olympic Dam) 1991 Rod Bain (Olympic Dam) 1992 Kelly Hill (Olympic Dam) tied with Steven Daly (Olympic Dam) 1993 Peter Sheppard (Anda mooka) 1994 Victor Buza (Andamooka) 1995 Ashley Lodge (O.D) tied with Michael Glazbrook (And) 1996 Ashley Lodge (O.D)

12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24.

1997 Adam Betterman (O.D) 1998 Adam Betterman (O.D) 1999 Kevin Harris (Roxby) 2000 Nigel Schinnick (And) 2001 Kevin Harris (Roxby) 2002 Michael Uhlik (And) 2003 Anthony Howie (OD) 2004 Steve Owens (Roxby) tied with Paul Kemp (OD) 16 points 2005 Ricky Prosser (Roxby) 48 points 2006 Tyrone Price (Hornridge) 20 points 2007 Michael Uhlik (Anda mooka) 15 points 2008 Tyrone Price (Hornridge) 13 points 2009 Daniel Rogers (OD) 30 points

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Roxby Districts robbed of victory in dying minutes as . . .

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ith just two minutes to go Olympic Dam scored the winning goal to seal the 2009 football premiership and back to back titles against a luckless and gallant Roxby Districts.

After playing the better football and leading albeit narrowly for most of the big game, Roxby District Miners just couldn’t hold on for the last two minutes, losing a titanic battle by just three points. It was in those couple of minutes that the experience and doggedness of the almost crippled Nigel Shinnick and man mountain Scott Montgomerie combined to pull off a sensational victory from the jaws of defeat. In the remaining time the Miners threw everything at the contest to mount one last charge only to see the ball held up by OD at half back and the siren ending what could really have been a Red and White premiership. The Miners won the toss and kicking with a two goal breeze took a little time to settle the nerves and when they did they were fast and first to the ball and their skill level was at a season high. Surprise packet Ian McBey opened the Miner’s scoring after some less than inspiring defensive work from the Devils, who despite having a loose man in Moyse patrolling across half back could not stop the attacks from the Red and White onballers and pacey forwards. McBey bobbed up for his second goal within minutes and then Watson joined the goal kickers list as the Miners took control, in what for many of the young players was their biggest occasion in footy. Myles and Montgomerie for the Devils kept them in the game with a couple of goals but last year’s premiers and the dominant side of the competition all year went into the first break nine points down. QUARTER TIME Roxby Downs Olympic Dam

OD veteran, Nigel Shinnick was instrumental in his side’s last minute victory. He is pictured being tackled by the Miner’s Ricky Prosser.

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picked up the pace and drew within three points of Roxby who were still playing the faster and cleaner football. Montgomerie was doing much better in front of goal, and could have had a few more if not for the relentless pressure applied by his opponent Jonathon Chislett who made the big man earn every touch. The breeze seemed to pick-up in the second and OD capitalised with long kicks into the forward area allowing OD to inch ahead. The tempo of the game picked up too and while Roxby tried valiantly OD opened up a handy 12 point buffer, the biggest lead of the game in the first half. HALF TIME Olympic Dam 6-7 (43) Roxby Districts 5-1 (31) They say the third quarter is the premiership quarter, but the pressure of the final was so great neither team could bust open the game. The spirited young Roxby team were growing in confidence with every touch of the ball with players like James Telfer getting better the longer the game went on. The Red and Whites had more of the play but with little reward for their efforts, adding four points that had they been goals, the result may well have been different. McBey again was proving elusive and when he and Anderson kicked a couple the Miners hit the front. Then when Braden Wray goaled from 35 metres out it seemed Roxby had broken the game apart and were on a roll to victory. But OD can never be underestimated especially in finals. Mail Medallist Daniel Rogers had been relatively quiet in the first half, but when the team needed a boost he seemed to will himself into the game. He put the Devils back within four points after scoring a typical trade mark goal on the run and it was game-on again. Hornhardt for the Devils continued to battle hard in his best on ground performance, while Reilly and Peek lifted when it counted.

Coach Mark Dalgliesh had his boys primed and really on their game, but it was the big athletic body of OD’s Scott Montgomerie that bustled his way to the front of a pack and got the scoreboard ticking in the second term. For a while it was goal for goal, OD

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