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oomera is the the testing site for the RAAF’s new combat aircraft, the Super


The $6 billion fleet of new aircraft, is in South Australia for its first live weapons trials at the Woomera Test Range. Five F/A-18F and about 100 aircrew and maintenance personnel from No. 1 Squadron at RAAF Amberley, Queensland, began testing air-to-ground weapons firing at the range Monday week ago and will be continuing their flights until September 15. The strike aircraft, affectionately known as the Rhino, is designed to replace the ageing F-111s, which are due to be retired later this year after three decades of service. The new planes are reportedly performing above expectations. “It’s amazing. It’s got incredible performance,” he said. “You can be on the runway here at Edinburgh and, two minutes later, it’s supersonic at 40,000 feet. Commanding Officer No. 1 Squadron, Wing Commander Glen Braz said, “In terms of capability, it has 11 weapons stations a 2000 pound bomb. We can carry four of those, each the size of a small car.

“We drag those up to Woomera and drop them with pinpoint accuracy.” Reaching speeds of up to 1900km/h, it takes about 35 minutes to fly to Woomera where an array of weaponry, including laser-guided bombs, rockets and missiles are being fired. The deployment to SA will trial the Super Hornet’s air-to-ground weapons techniques, tactics and procedures for the first time since being accepted into service in March this year. The weapons being trialled on the Super Hornet include Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW), Laser Guided Bombs (LGBs), Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and the M61A2 gun. South Australia was selected for the Super Hornets’ first deployment and first weapon trials for the excellent facilities provided at both RAAF Base Edinburgh and the Woomera Test Range. The weapon trials and deployment to Adelaide will assist No 1 Squadron in achieving Initial Operational Capability by December 2010. This will result in Australia’s first operational, air combat capable Super Hornet squadron including 12 aircraft, trained personnel, weapons and logistics support. The jet is designed as a bridging fighter until Australia receives the stealthy, fifth generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which is due to arrive from 2015. The Howard Government purchased 24 of the $250 million Super Hornets, which are in service to the US Navy, to address the capability gap.

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Big Sky donates $25,000 to launch Community Foundation By Millie Thomas Last Wednesday night, September 1st the Roxby Downs Community Foundation (RDCF) was officially launched onto the community. The night was extremely successful, with many valued members of the community present supporting this worthwhile Foundation. As previously reported in The Monitor, the idea behind the Foundation is to support the long term development of Roxby Downs. This will be achieved by providing financial support towards community projects and initiatives that will in turn provide community benefits over a long term period. Richard Irving, General Manager for Big Sky, announced an initial donation of $25,000 from Big Sky (10% of post tax profit from the Big Sky Service Centre in Roxby Downs) which has kick started the foundation, which hopefully over time will involve financial contributions from other local businesses to help top up its capital base. The board of the RDCF involves local key personalities and business people from the community. Michelle Hales is Chairperson, Chad Oldfield, Helen Bennie, George Giakoumis, Bill Boehm, Richard Irving (General Manager Big Sky Credit Union) and Raelene Johns (Personal Banking Manager, Big Sky).

Michelle was very excited about the launch last week. “This is a great day for the community. Tonight’s launch heralds the beginning of an exciting time for building new partnerships and links between the Foundation and the business community and to distribute funds to worthwhile community projects,” she said. “It’s a win-win situation. The funding kick started by Big Sky plus the contribution from Council creates a solid foundation for us to build on. We encourage the business community to use the Foundation as a vehicle for their corporate social responsibility programs. “The Foundation Board members have been chosen because of their ability to make prudent decisions about projects that benefit the broader community. The Foundation can take the pressure off companies who are trying to make sponsorship decisions.” Raelene Johns, has been involved with Roxby Downs community for a number of years, making frequent, regular visits to the community. “I have been fortunate to have been travelling up to Roxby Downs for some years now, and I am thrilled to be apart of and in a position to help support such a worthwhile initiative.” said Raelene. “Initially the Foundation funds will be sourced from contributions from Big Sky and the

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and what they’re aiming to achieve through that fundraising. Now that doesn’t mean they just don’t do them (the fundraising), but they can get other, extra equipment by applying through the Foundation and using those fundraising activities for the bonuses. “The Foundation is an extra stream of money going through the community. We’ve now not just the BHP Billion community fund, we’ve got a real Roxby Downs Community Fund, that’s really strongly supported by one our local institutions, Big Sky. “A $25,000 start is not only incredible, but I see that as the benchmark, it can never go backwards now, because as the town grows, the profits of Big Sky theoretically will grow so their contribution to the foundation will grow as well. “This is an extra string to their bow, another iron to the fire and a great reason to support them. I’m encouraging everybody in the community to use the Foundation, apply for a grant, regardless of how small or how big the request is,” he said.

Community Foundation Board - Helen Bennie, Bill Boehm, Richard Irving, Michelle Hayes, George Giakoumis and Raelene Johns.

Roxby Church helps Pakistan Flood Appeal By Celeste Lustosa

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Council, but moving forward the Foundation will look to build on this by inspiring other organisations within the community to make financial contributions.” she said. Mr Giakoumis has been a prominent member of the Roxby Downs community for some years now, and while he is a member of a number of boards around town, he is particularly enthusiastic about the promise that Roxby Downs Community Foundation can bring to the town and small groups and businesses alike. “The benefit for me as a small business owner is that I’ve now got one place I can attach my sponsorship dockets. I don’t have to feel bad now saying no to small requests that come through my door and try and decipher who gets it and who doesn’t,” he said. “I can now send all of my dollars to one place and let the foundation fairly and broadly grant that money to those groups. “Groups can also plan ahead. They will know well ahead through their own committees what their fundraising activities will be during the year

Australian Scott Darlow. Since 2003, Darlow has released three albums and The recent floods in Pakistan have affected over 17 has sold in excess of 21,000 copies combined (physical million people. Every day, thousands of people are forced copies) as an independent, unsigned artist. In that time, to abandon their homes and possessions ahead of rising Darlow has toured the US extensively, playing up and floodwaters in the south. More than 800,000 people remain cut off from emerPicture courtesy of gency assistance and are relying on pack-mules or heliGoogle Newz copters to supply food and water. The threat of waterborne diseases such as cholera remains present. In addition to the millions of people affected, 1,589 people have died, 2,344 people have been injured and 1.2 million homes are damaged or destroyed. Food and water are in short supply, particularly in the south. Millions of people have lost their livelihoods – merchants have lost stock, small-scale farmers have lost more than 14,000 cattle and 4.5 million acres of crops. Six million people - just under the populations of Sydney and Melbourne - will require long-term assistance to get their lives back on track. This data has been released by the Red Cross, which down the West Coast, as well as numerous shows in Las has started a Pakistan Monsoon Floods Appeal 2010, Vegas, Nashville, Virginia, New York and many cities in counting on the help of people and organisations all over between. Darlow has also toured Asia several times, touring the world. By being the generous community that we are, Roxby Hong Kong, China and Japan. With a new record about to be released, the latter half is onboard in helping the ones in need, no matter where of 2010 promises to be Darlow’s most exciting season in the world. All od the Roxby community is invited to raise funds yet. Recorded in some of LA’s finest studios this new for Red Cross Pakistan Flood Appeal on Tuesday, September 14 when there will be a ‘Darlow Rock Concert’ record, along with a heavy touring schedule, will help starting at 7pm at the Roxby Downs Christian Commu- make Darlow a household name. Check out tracks and photos on nity Church (corner of Burgoyne & Tutop Street). The donations will be taken and all proceeds will go to the thedarlowshow. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy a great concert and help Red Cross Pakistan Flood Appeal. Darlow are a 4 piece guitar rock/pop band fronted by the ones in much need.

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“No Means Yes” performing for one of their own By Millie Thomas Playing Cold Chisel, The Beatles and Pink may seem to be an unlikely combination of songs for a band to perform, but No Means Yes pulled it off with ease last Tuesday night at the Olympic Dam Football Club. The band, made up of Michael Richardson (vocalist), Jodi Selin (vocalist), Aaron Courtney (rhythm guitar and vocalist) and Rick Foale (lead guitarist and vocalist) have been performing at Olympic Dam Football Club every Macmahons C Crew shift change for the past five odd months, donating all proceeds to the Royal Flying Doctors. However, three weeks ago, the band and the Macmahons contracting community were hit with upsetting news. Their lead guitarist, Rick Foale had discovered a tumour in his brain. The Monitor spoke exclusively with the band at the first of many of their fundraising performances. “Rick had a couple of episodes. The first was underground where he fell unconscious in the toilets. About two months had past and on his last shift he hadn’t showed up for work. They found him again unconscious in his room,” explained Mick. “They flew him via RFDS straight out to Adelaide and they have since found a legion on his brain. He had brain surgery the very next day to

have a biopsy, but while they were in there they decided to take the whole lot. “It was sent to pathology and it came back as stage four brain cancer, which is a very, very aggressive cancer. “Because of the place it’s in, they can only give him one dose of radiotherapy, there’s a chance he might lose his eyesight if they give him anymore. “So they’ll give him one high dose of radiotherapy, then they’ll hit him hard with chemo. That’s where it stops, we don’t know anymore,” he said. The band have taken it upon themselves to raise as much money as possible for Rick and his young family, to help alleviate as much stress as they can. The massive support for Rick and the band was evident at the first official fundraiser at the Olympic Dam Football Club – about 70 people attended last Tuesday night, August 31. “We just figured that we should raise as much money as possible. Macmahons underground have been absolutely fantastic, as the (Olympic Dam) Footy Club have. “All the crews have donated money like you wouldn’t believe, and we just figured the more money we can raise for him, it’s just one less thing he has to worry about for a while,” said Mick. “He can just concentrate on doing what he’s doing to get better, to beat it.

“Just from the crews, there’s nearly $15’000, and that will rise. No means Yes performed at the club last Friday night (August 27) raising over $2000, plus what we raise tonight. The boys usually put their hands in their pockets every time we’re out here for the RFDS, now they’re doing it for Rick.” Last Tuesday night, steel buckets were passed around for personal donations, the total accumulating into the high hundreds. The bar at the Footy Club also donated $1 for every drink bought and Olympic Dam Catering donated $3 for every meal bought, $4 for every T-bone. They will continue to do this for the next two Tuesdays. The band, who have continuously supported

the RFDS, turned out having to use the service themselves, a perfect example of good karma. “That was our motto (to support this worthy service, to get a return in the event of an emergency), god forbid anyone needs it. We just want him to get his lazy ass back here. Come and support us because all proceeds will continually go to Rick,” finished Mick. The band will also be playing at the upcoming 2010 Kempe Bullride on Saturday, September 18. For donations of support for Rick, contact Macmahons underground or Jodi Selin on 0459066475, Mick Richardson on 0400682908 or Aaron Courtney on 0428127835

New radio show to talk about health By Celeste Lustosa DJs Jack McGuire and Kaye Doyle are bringing to our community a radio show that celebrates cancer survivors; remembers loved ones who lost the battle to cancer, and fights back against this disease. Jack and Kaye both share a passion for the Radio Station and also said they wanted to do something together, so when this concept came out, it all made perfect sense for them to team up, even

though Jack didn’t realise at first that Kaye had been touched by cancer herself. The ‘Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back Radio Show’ is on air at RoxFM, every Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm and will remain on air leading up to the weekend of Relay for Life in October. “This show is about bringing awareness about the big C - this scary thing that we really don’t like talking about sometimes. “It’s also about raising the

profile of the Roxby Downs Relay for Life event because they too are celebrating cancer survivors and remembering, as well as raising funds to fight back. “We thought what a great opportunity to help the community understand what the Relay for Life is all about, and why they are raising funds, going through the trouble of putting teams together, run functions and events to fundraise, etc,” Jack said. According to them, the

Jack Maguire and Kaye Doyle presenting something different on radio.

show will be informative and talk about early detection of cancer, treatments, prevention and diagnosis of the disease; men’s and women’s health and of course will count on the support and presence of health professionals in the studio. “The thing I am most excited about is that people will be able to come onboard, relating their own life experiences, either if they have or had cancer or know someone that had been touched by it. “There’s help out there for people and the real life stories will make people realise that a cancer diagnose is not a death sentence and Kaye can attest to that,” said Jack. Kaye believes that people should not be scared to talk about cancer. “Just by talking about cancer, providing information, if we can help and reach out to one person, the show would have achieved a really good thing. “I attended the Relay for Life in 2008 and the community raised $65,000 and that was huge. I have attended another one in Whyalla which was also amazing. “We are so scared about the big C and we should not be scared. For some people, it is unfortunately a very tragic disease but we can make life better and learn to celebrate life every day,” she told The Monitor. One of the main messages Jack and Kaye want to get out there is about the self checks, like mammogram or prostate check. “These are things that sometimes people don’t want

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to talk about,” Kaye said. The theme song of the show is called prostate blues and it has been written by Peter Tilbrook who has actually beaten prostate cancer. Peter will be remembered as a the former guitarist of the Australian legendary rock band the Masters Apprentices. He was fortunate enough to do the check and had his prostate removed. He is going to be a guest on the show and talk about his story. Anybody that has been touched by cancer is encouraged and more than welcome to share their stories on the show; just contact Jack on 043 422 2321 or Kaye on 041 993 5316. Teams are also encouraged to participate on the show and let people know about

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NEWS IN BRIEF POSITIONS VACANT Council is seeking applications from people with recent experience in customer service and who have strong communication and organisational skills. Please contact Council to obtain a copy of the advertisement and job description before applying. Only applications containing a cover letter and resume will be considered. Applications close at 12 noon on 13 September. METER READS Staff will be visiting properties soon to undertake quarterly meter reads for both electricity and water. Please make sure that the meters are accessible by trimming bushes and trees and if applicable gates are unlocked. ELECTRICITY DISCONNECTIONS Disconnection pending notices have been issued and are due for payment by 16th September 2010. Please pay by the due date to avoid disconnection of your power supply. ROAD CLOSURE There will be a road closure for the Desert Dash event on Sunday 12 September. Olympic Way will be closed between 7.00am and 12 noon. The adjacent and adjoining roads affected are the Bypass Road, Burgoyne Street north and south and the town oval entrance.

Dave Hallet presents Roxby PLeisure’s team member Emma Killeen with a cheque for $250.

Relay for Life team fundraising expectations By Celeste Lustosa The Roxby Council Social Club donated $250 to the Roxby PLeisure Relay for Life team. The donation was handed from Roxby Council Electrical/IT Manager David Hallett to team’s member Emma Killeen. According to David, this money has been collected from fridge sales. “We sell cold drinks and sweets sometimes and the money is used for donations, sometimes a present for a staff member who is leaving or a barbeque.” David also said that last Relay for Life in 2008,

the Council’s staff had a team but unfortunately this year they couldn’t do it, so they are more than happy to help another team. “We would normally have a team and fundraise for our Relay for Life team but since we knew that the Leisure Centre has a team we thought it would be great to help their fundraising,” he said. Roxby PLeisure team member Emma Killeen received the donation on behalf of the team. “It is great to receive this donation. It definitely helps us exceed our fundraising expectations,” Emma said. According to her, the initial goal of raising

$1,000 has been achieved and now they are excited about reaching the $2,000 fundraise mark. As part of their fundraising activities, the team sells cupcakes on Thursdays mornings at the Dunes Café, as well as selling coffee on the netball games on Friday nights. Kaye Doyle donated money towards purchasing ingredients for the cupcake sales and the staff donates their time and the sweets to sell every Thursday morning. All the team members are very appreciative about all the support and donations.

ARE YOU MOVING INTO OR OUT OF A PROPERTY AT ROXBY DOWNS? To connect your electricity supply, you are required to lodge the paper work with the Council before 3pm. When vacating a property, you are required to lodge the paperwork with the Council 2 – 3 days prior to the requested final meter reading date. If you would like this paperwork faxed or emailed, feel free to contact us on 8671 0010.

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Outback roads closed means CLOSED With recent heavy rains across the far north, the Borefield Track (Roxby Downs to Bopeechee) and other unsealed outback roads have been closed of late. The Roxby Roadsafe Committee wishes to remind residents and visitors that severe penalties apply to motorists who do not obey ROAD CLOSED signs. These roads are closed in response to wet weather for the safety of motorists. Slippery conditions place motorists at risk of accident and if this occurs they could be stranded and a long way from help. The roads may also be closed due to flooded creek crossings and washouts. Driving on these roads during wet weather damages the road surface which is expensive to repair. This damage also affects the safe driving of motorists who follow later when the roads are re-opened. The Department of Transport, Industry and Energy maintains 10,000 kms of unsealed roads in the region and is

responsible for the temporary closure of roads during rain events. The Department is advised by members of the public, SA Police, Olympic Dam staff and outback road gangs of any weather changes and the conditions of roads so decisions to close are based on local knowledge. Chairperson of Roxby Roadsafe Michelle Hales said “Ignoring a road closed sign just doesn’t make any sense. People are placing their lives at risk because of impatience. Local police are on the alert and recently fined a motorist for failing to obey a road closure on the Borefield Track”. Travellers can plan their trips ahead of time by contacting the Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure for the latest outback road reports on the 24 hour hotline 1300 361033 or be visiting the website

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Roxby says goodbye to two of its finest By Celeste Lustosa


ristina Meredith and fiancé Greg Latham are two very familiar faces in our community, but soon they will be saying goodbye to the people and the places they have enjoyed for over three years.

Greg and Kristina leaving to get married

The couple is getting married in October this year, followed by a honeymoon in Europe and then a move to Melbourne, where Kristina hopes to pursue her radio career and Greg can pursue his love of Collingwood Football Club. Kristina and Greg moved to Andamooka in April 2007 after she took on a journalist position in Roxby Downs. Greg soon got a job as a boilermaker at the desalination plant. “I was finishing my journalism degree at the time, and in September ’07 we moved to Roxby Downs,” Kristina said. Kristina is very well known in her roles as the manager of Community Radio Station RoxFM and chairperson of the Environment Forum, but her involvement within the community has gone beyond that as she has been involved in projects such as the theatre production Alex Downunderland (as part of the 2007 Red Earth Festival); the Red Earth Festival 2009; Relay For Life; Arid Recovery and Arts and Culture Forum. Kristina is passionate about community radio and in Roxby she had the chance to engage in RoxFM general volunteering as well as working as station manager since May 2008. “One of the things I’m most proud of is having had the opportunity to mentor others and help RoxFM’s volunteers find their strengths. “Going on the radio for the first time can be a really daunting task, and the challenge of getting people to break through that barrier and really find skills and confidence within themselves is thoroughly rewarding,” Kristina told The Monitor. She also believes that the Roxby Downs Community has really embraced the efforts of RoxFM’s volunteers and the station as a whole has a very positive presence in the community. “This has also been encouraged by our liaison with the Roxby Downs Environment Forum to encourage recycling within the town. It’s really great to see people get involved in the radio station’s activities – whether it’s

by volunteering, dropping of recyclable items or simply by tuning in at work, home or in the car. “RoxFM held some mammoth fundraisers including a hippy bonfire night and a community garage sale. It was really rewarding to see the community get behind the cause and support us, and the whole experience brought RoxFM much closer together as a whole. “The overall support I’ve witnessed towards the station in the past couple of years has been astounding,” she added. Since Kristina has been on board, the RoxFM studio has been through renovations. “We painted the inside of the radio station in April 2009 to give the place a fresher, younger vibe. It worked, and now the station is a place where people are happy to pop in and spend their time.” Although Kristina loves her job she says it is definitely not an easy one. “It’s not an easy job! The RoxFM Station Manager is a manager, admin assistant, bookkeeper, DJ, scriptwriter, salesperson, ‘techie’, web designer, media liaison, program manager, trainer, volunteer coordinator, music director ... the list goes on! However, it has been a great opportunity to learn about the operations of many areas within a radio station, as well as meet and work with plenty of wonderful people in the process,” she said. The Roxby Downs Environment Forum has counted on Kristina’s participation and enthusiasm since 2007. “I started sitting in on meetings to get story ideas for the paper. I’ve always had a passion for working on environmental projects, so joining the Forum was a natural progression for me. It’s also been a load of fun and I’ve enjoyed being part of the Forum’s progression towards some really positive projects.” Although there is lots of excitement about her new challenges and projects in the near future – which include a new home, new job and marriage, Kristina and Greg still find it hard to say goodbye. “We’ve met some of the most inspirational, fun, supportive and positive people here, who I’m honoured to call our friends. They welcomed Greg and I into their lives with open arms, and have shared so much. I’m really grateful for that. “I’ve also been fortunate enough to be involved with fantastic projects such as Arid Recovery, the Red Earth Festival and the Environment Forum. I’ve seen and experienced things here that would be completely out of reach anywhere else and I’ve loved every minute of it!”

Kiwi volunteers taste Aussie volunteer ambo life Four volunteer ambulance officers from St John in New Zealand are on exchange with SA Ambulance Service from 26 August to 9 September to experience ambulance operations South Aussie style. They are Ellen Parker from Whangarei, Fiona Paskell from Christchurch, Wayne Giles from Invercargill and Ruth Ashby from Taranaki. During the exchange the volunteers will tour SA Ambulance Service complexes in Adelaide, attend a volunteer ambulance conference at Mawson Lakes, and observe and assist during ambulance shifts in various country locations. They will have the opportunity to see SA Ambulance Service equipment, patient treatment and vehicles up close, as well as enjoy tourist activities such as visiting the Adelaide Zoo and seeing the new panda exhibit. Each volunteer has an SA Ambulance Service manager as a tour guide and will visit and/or stay at a number of locations around the state. Towns to be visited include: Bordertown, Ceduna, Clare, Cleve, Coober Pedy, Coffin Bay, Cowell, Cummins, Edithburgh, Elliston, Kimba, Kingston, Lucindale, Mallala, Mannum, Mount Gambier, Murray Bridge, Naracoorte, Nuriootpa, Padthaway, Penneshaw, Port Broughton, Port Kenny, Port Lincoln, Port Neill, Robe, Roxby Downs, Salt Creek, Stirling, Strathalbyn, Tumby Bay, Whyalla and Wudinna. SA Ambulance Service runs annual reciprocal ex-

change programs with St John New Zealand to reward volunteers, build relationships, and gain new ideas to provide better services to the South Australian community. Neale Sutton, SA Ambulance Service executive director of country patient services, said exposure to other ambulance services was rewarding and enriching for volunteers. “The volunteers see very clearly the different types of protocols, training and equipment on offer at another ambulance service. “They get an understanding of the national and international issues that challenge ambulance services on a daily basis.” Volunteer ambulance officers from SA will visit New Ellen Parker, Wayne Giles, Ruth Ashby and Fiona Paskell with Neale Sutton Zealand for their exchange next month.

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Community Board 27 September 7.30pm Roxby Roadsafe 9 September 5.30pm Sport and Recreation Forum 7 September 7.30pm Environment Forum 14 September 7.30pm Arts and Culture Forum 22 September 7.30pm


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- Install energy efficient globes and use low watt globes wherever possible. - Turn lights off when not needed – make the most out of daylight (it’s the next best thing to actually being outside!) - Create a romantic atmosphere and use subtle lighting, or use candles instead of turning a light on.

By Celeste Lustosa The Arts and Culture Forum was formed as a part of the Community Plan and had its first meeting in 2005. It was created at the same time as the other forums that are still in operation today, such as the Environment Forum. The Forum’s purpose is to assist in developing local arts and artists and increasing the community exposure to the arts. The Forum has run two very successful Red Earth Festivals, the first one held in 2007 and the second one in 2009. The first Festival won the Australia Day award for Best Community Event in Roxby Downs. “These events require many volunteer hours to make them happen and we have been extremely fortunate to have very talented people living in Roxby Downs who have helped us make these events so memorable. “There are a few things that we would like to achieve sometime in the future, and one of them is an online artists register that is kept up to date and current so the talented community members in town are easily accessible for groups wanting to employ their services,” Forum member Tracey Warneke told The Monitor. According to her, the lack of community space for art in all its forms is something they would like to see changed at some time in the future. “We are all committed to the future of the arts in this town but without a dedicated and practical arts centre; we will always be dancing on the outer edges of achieving this. “We would also like to run another Red Earth Festival some time in the future. They’re lots of fun for both the volunteers and the participants. Red Earth has been our major focus since the Forum’s inception,” she said. The Forum is looking forward to running an Oil Painting workshop before the end of the year, featuring popular Andamooka artist, Alex Mendelssohn. According to members, there is also a theatre production in rehearsal, which they are hoping to facilitate and assist in the funding. “The production will feature all local talent, from the director to the backstage crew to the actors and every other job (of which there are many) required to make something like this happen. “Many hands make light work and if any of this sounds interesting, you would like to meet some new people and be involved in the arts in our town, come along to a meeting and pitch in,” Tracey added. In the past, the A & C Forum had many active members, enough to run working parties for things like the ‘Presenters Group’; a Regional Branding group; a Youth Arts working party and an Artists Space group along with the Festival working party. “Currently our regular member list is too small to accommodate such an ambitious list of activities. More recently we have between 6-8 active members who attend meetings,” Tracey said. “Anyone can join the Arts and Culture Forum; it’s just a matter of coming along and volunteering to help with some of these things or bringing suggestions and ideas for ways to achieve them,” Tracey concluded. You can find the contacts number for the Forum every week at the Community Board page of The Monitor.

Arts and Cultural Forum members pictured at the Red Earth Festival last year.

Multicultural grant for quilt project


few months ago the Community Board lodged an application for a grant through the Multicultural Grants Scheme. This grant scheme provides funds for projects that increase understanding of cultural diversity, increase participation by South Australians of all backgrounds in the community and celebrate and value multiculturalism. “We put forward the idea of creating a community quilt that celebrates our growing multicultural community. The broad concept was to encourage members of the multicultural group to join forces with local quilters and work together on the project. Each participant will develop a square that reflects their own culture. These squares will then be joined

together to create a community quilt that will then be placed on public display”, Michelle Hales Executive Officer of the Board said. “We all have a story to tell. We not only have recent arrivals from overseas but also an Indigenous community. This is an opportunity for people from different cultures to share their stories, knowledge and skills and to work together on a project that will have a lasting legacy” Ms Hales said. The Community Board received $500.00 to go towards the project. Although the amount received was less than that originally applied for these funds will kick start the project. If you are interested in being part of this project contact Michelle on 0418 833 818 for further information.

CORRECTION: Last week on the Community Board page, it was stated that Ray Goldie was the previous Alcohol and Substance Abuse Officer. Mr Goldie was the former chairperson of the Partnership. The Project Officer is a new position and is a direct result of the study that was completed this year.




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

Teresa Baddeley • Darren Smith

For further information, advice or general questions please contact:

Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe.

Michelle Davis • George Giakoumis

Michelle Hales, Executive Officer Roxby Downs Community Board Inc. PO Box 85 Roxby Downs SA 5725 Mobile: 0418 833 818

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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Last week’s Hot Topic: “Are you looking forward to daylight saving starting on Sunday October 3rd?” Not complaining about the wonderful rain and cold weather, but I’m over it and can’t wait for daylight saving to start. It may not suit everyone, but I love it! Sunny, RD I love daylight saving for the fact that we have an extra 2 hours of light from the time my husband gets home from work. This enables us to go out on the motor bikes in the evening or a bike ride or just sit outside and enjoy the lovely weather. Another advantage is travelling to and from Adelaide, I think it is better with daylight saving as we don’t run into roo time. Roo Hitter. A massive disadvantage of daylight saving is the fact that I can not get my kids to bed at a decent hour!!!!! They don’t understand why I’m trying to put them to bed in the daytime and it is getting harder to trick them every year! This means that I wont be getting them to bed till 9pm instead of 7pm and this then affects MY time…. All About Me! RD In response to confused resident, Irrapatana is a street on the sign and a road in the street directory. Not only that, it actually has two spellings. Irrapatanna and Irrapatana. What is it peoples? Let’s get some order in this town starting with where we actually are situated. Confused If you want a local paper go collect one from the newspaper shop, takeaway, Woolworths, stop home delivering them, they filth up the town, there’s paper and plastic blowing everywhere, they make the suburbs look disgusting. plus it will save time and fuel costs for the delivery of such papers. AMEN AMEN


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Storms didn’t stop the passion for footy but spare a thought for others

As Roxby was getting ready for another classic footy grand final between Miners and OD on Saturday, it was reported everywhere that storms would take over most of Australia on the weekend. But could nature ever stop Roxby residents’ passion for the local footy? In a town where people fight not to be on the rosters on Saturday afternoons so they don’t miss the footy and others make sure they come back from overseas trips in time to watch the “clash of the titans”, also know as Miners and OD players, a few drops of rain would stop the enthusiasm or make any difference in attendance. Weather predictions alarmed that the storms would lash South Australia, flooding houses and endangering motorists. State Emergency Services had a busy 24 hours with up to 80mm of rain expected in some areas. But amongst main concerns was the players’ performance on a very wet oval. Slippery in parts it was nothing like the oval

at Melrose where a downpour stopped play in the grand final after the first colts game. Storms usually scare the big crowds away and it is not uncommon that events are cancelled because of heavy rains. So the people flocked to the game, and an exciting afternoon for Roxberians – even those who are not as passionate about the footy have to agree it was a great game, albeit the result not as close as expected. So the wind and rain was no detterent, but an earthquake as suffered in New Zealand would certainly have changed things. We can only feel for those thousands affected by this shattering event and footy finals pale into insignificance in a time of devastation experienced there and with the floods in Northern Victoria. Mother Nature is a power force.

LETTERS Dump the dump!

to the editor

Congratulations to Natasha Griggs, the newly-elected Coaltion MP for the Northern Territory electorate of Solomon, for expressing her willingness to cross the floor and vote against a proposed national nuclear waste dump in the NT.* The Howard government adopted a thuggish, racist approach to its plan for a nuclear dump in the NT. Its legislation, the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act, explicitly allowed the imposition of a dump with no consultation with or consent from Traditional Owners. This legislation was described as “draconian” and “sordid” by the Labor Opposition. But the Labor Government pursued an approach which was equally thuggish, equally racist and is now the subject of a legal challenge initiated by Traditional Owners. More independently-minded parliamentarians are needed to break this impasse. Ms Griggs, a member of the NT’s Country Liberal Party, might consider taking the next logical step and sitting on the cross benches unless and until the major parties abandon thuggish racism in favour of a sensible, considered approach to the contentious issue of radioactive waste management. Dr Jim GreenFriends of the Earth, Melbourne

Find out the truth about drugs With crime gangs and corrupt officials recently linked in drug

smuggling, one could get a bit cynical on doing anything about the drug problem. Even with successful drug busts approaching a billion dollars for Ecstasy, LSD, cocaine, cannabis, heroin and crystal meth in every major city and authorities recently have stated they are still only getting 10-15% of such illicit substances. Sitting as a spectator in court the other day, I was amazed as 90% of the cases that came before the judge were drink driving. So legal drugs can be just as concerning if not more. The only way to really put a dent in the problem is by attacking it from all sides. Telling people the truth about drugs and letting them make their own decision is for me, the best investment, and that includes alcohol education, as the courtroom showed me. Getting youth (and parents especially), educated on the truth is important. No drug addict or convicted drink driver will tell you they planned to be one. All of them thought the same thing. It’ll never happen to me (or were told this, by friends or dealers). I’ve worked for over 10 years with Drug Free Ambassadors Australia initially founded by the Church of Scientology and most people reading the Truth about Drugs booklets will tell me “I didn’t know that before!”, even former users. We have free information on and I encourage everyone to find out for themself the truth -- and if you can go one step further, pass it on to others. Cyrus BrooksDrug Free Ambassadors Australia

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News in brief . . .

Thunderstorms and flooding drench SA Flash flooding hit wide areas of South Australia as thunderstorms rolled across the state last Friday. Many areas power and emergency crews were busy with sandbags. The Defence, Science and Technology Organisation at Edinburgh in Adelaide’s north says an employee, 60, was blown over by a gust of wind as lightning struck nearby. New asylum seekers moved to Port Augusta Port Augusta 5700 The Immigration Department says 15 asylum seekers have been moved from Christmas Island to a housing facility at Port Augusta in South Australia. Five families from Afghanistan were moved after 28 minors at the Port Augusta facility were transferred to transit accommodation in Melbourne. A Department official says the Port Augusta facility is intended for families. Regional viewers may suffer in digital switchover: MP The federal Member for Grey says there must be an agreement between the Federal Government and broadcasters in regional South Australia and Broken Hill if regional viewers are to have all digital television services by December 15. Southern Cross Television plans to roll out all digital channels but is yet to receive federal funding to roll out existing digital channels and new services before the analogue signal is switched off. Rowan Ramsey says new digital channels that will air in metropolitan areas soon may have further complicated the rollout. “The number of communications I’ve had with Communications Minister Stephen Conroy was this was imminent, all but stitched up in agreement,” he said. “It appears not to be forthcoming and yet the December switchover is bearing down on us and we don’t know what type of service we’re going to be getting.” THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper

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NEWS The dust settles in Birdsville


he running of the 2010 XXXX Gold Birdsville Cup has been abandoned due to rain for the first time in its 128 year history. Each year, the iconic Outback town of Birdsville, swells from a resident population of 100 people to over 6,000 revellers for the annual Birdsville Race Carnival. 2010 marked a historic occasion when 32 millimetres of rain inundated the race track on the first day of the two day carnival. Despite the rain starting after race one, five of the six scheduled races were run. However, rain continued into the night and by Saturday morning sections of the track were covered in a thin film of water. The Diamantina Shire Council worked tirelessly to pump the water from the track and despite over half a million litres of water being removed, the task proved too great. Birdsville Race Club President, David Brook said, “The race track is situated on a natural clay pan which makes it an ideal racing surface when dry but doesn’t allow the water to soak in after heavy rain.” Racing Queensland, Diamantina Shire Council and Birdsville Race Club representatives inspected the track on Sunday evening and were resigned to the fact that

they had no option but to abandon the meeting. Mr Brook said “We are bitterly disappointed as we had hoped to hold the remaining eight races of our 13 card program on Tuesday, but the residual water and soft surface has made it impossible to ensure the safety of jockeys and horses.” Mr Brook praised the morale and spirits of the 3,000 or so people stranded due to road closures. “We sincerely thank the patience and support of trainers, jockeys, owners, visitors and officials who have travelled long distances to participate in and witness the Birdsville Races. We are also indebted to the many volunteers who each year travel similar distances to support the event.” Despite the weather and no local racing, patrons still made it to the track on Saturday for a phantom race day to bet on the interstate races and have the chance to see and hold the Emirates Melbourne Cup as part of its international tour. Mr Brook said that the Club will be hit financially by the cancellation but having overcome the impact of no races due to the equine influenza in 2007 he was confident that the Birdsville Races will remain one of Australia’s greatest ‘must A wash out after 32 millimetres of rain hit the Birdsville Race Track. do’ events.

Locust hatchings expected here in two weeks CRUCIAL battle begins this month to combat the state’s worst locust plague in 40 years, threatening some cropping and wine-growing regions for the first time. New predicted hatching dates released by the commission last week indicated hatching would start in the Marree to Lyndhurst and Andamooka to Roxby Downs areas in the next two weeks. It would then shift to Port Augusta, Quorn, Hawker, Orroroo A $12.8 million campaign, involving seven planes and 130 government employees, spraying an estimated 453,000ha, will start when immature locusts, known as hoppers, begin hatching. Authorities say public help is vital to pinpoint the hoppers because the “strike time” for spraying is lim-

Returning to scale after an early race on Friday

ited to one month after which they start flying and can ravage orchards, vineyards and pastures. Spraying must be finished in time for residue to break down so it does not contaminate lucrative export crops and harm livestock. Grain also will be rejected at silos if it contains more than three locusts per half litre of wheat or barley and 10 for canola. Agriculture and Food Minister Michael O’Brien said there was a lot at stake for the valuable state grain crop, the approaching 2011 vintage and the horticultural sector. “It is vitally important, coming out of a severe drought, that we can capitalise on a good crop,” he said.




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Students join hands with indigenous

T Nikkita with Kindy Director Naomi Watkins at the new Interactive Whiteboard.

Community support much appreciated by Kindy

By Millie Thomas

he Generation One and Australian School of Performing Arts Hands Across Australia School Competition challenges students to recreate the original song Hands Across Australia, inserting their own rap section, in a bid to raise their voices against Indigenous disadvantage. The song is then recorded and sent to a national judging panel.

our multicultural town faced many similar issues of disparity in certain situations,” she said. “The Hands Across Australia competition run by Generation One offered a unique opportunity to demonstrate our singing skills and also allow our Year 5 class to support any effort that helps bring people together to work positively. “Last Term the Year Five students worked on many projects and some chose to study Aboriginal Australians so this became a consolidating activity for them. “I think this is the inaugural competition but I’m sure if it’s successful it may become an annual event and I’d love to repeat our efforts again! “I wrote a brief rap for the original rap section in the middle of the song that the children excelled in performing in our video entry that was inspired by our work with poetry styles and musical genres.

Jemima Saunders and her Year Five class at St Barbara’s Parish School have taken up the challenge, competing against hundreds of schools across Australia for first prize, By Celeste Lustosa a whopping $25,000 that will help fund a project of their own design. n Interactive Whiteboard has recently been This is just another fantastic initiative purchased thanks to the support of the local from proactive St Barbara’s who we have community at the Kindergarten ‘Art Show’ seen raise money for numerous causes, last year. The children love it! including the Haiti earthquake victims and Last year, the Roxby Downs Kindergarten held an Art Show to both fundraise and celebrate 20 years of educational service delivery to the community. This was a community event that involved families of the children currently attending the Kindy, totalising 115 families, as well as past teachers and other community members. The celebrations included free entertainment and activities such as face painting, show bags and balloons for the children. The Kindy’s Director Naomi Watkins told The Monitor that as the major fundraiser of the year, they actioned off large canvases produced by groups of children. Individual art canvases were also produced by the children and available for parents to purchase with a donation, as well as a mega raffle and a silent action. The total raised was $11,500. “The reason we raised this great amount of money was due the fact that the local community, businesses and individuals donated money and items to support the show and cover costs. Therefore, all money raised was pure profit. “Governing Council and the Kindergarten staff also worked tirelessly for six months in order to organise the Year fives at St. Barbs practising their rap section of the song for the “Hands Art Show,” Naomi explained. Because of the money raised, the children are now Across Australia” competition which could help them win $25,000 for the school. having fun with a great pinch of technology. “This term we were successful in purchasing an Inter- various other issues that Mission Australia “I think our chances of taking out the active Whiteboard, which the children have been thor- tend to. big prize of $25,000 are at the moment oughly enjoying using. Ms Saunders recognises that although unknown but I do know that the students “One of the main benefits of this board is that it is a there isn’t a significant indigenous popula- in my class have already worked hard and technological tool that is used in all schools. Therefore, tion in Roxby Downs, it is still important learnt a lot which in my eyes a bit like the children will now have the confidence in using such to support the cause. winning anyway,” said Ms Saunders. technology. “Even though Roxby Downs hasn’t got a If Ms Saunders and her class are suc“This has been a significant curriculum purchase that huge Indigenous population compared to cessful they would like to be able to put we envisage will benefit many children in the years to some other country locations, we felt that the prize money towards laptops and come,” Naomi concluded. webcams or flip cameras for some of the upper primary classes. This would enable them to be able to communicate effectively with Indigenous children in even more remote schools than in Roxby Downs. Setting up links between St Barbara’s Parish School and the Area School in Coober Pedy would be one of the first connections that the area has seen. State finalists and winners will be announced in October. Parents and their children worked together as a team at St. Barbara’s Literacy and Numeracy activities evening last week.


St Barb’s celebrates Literacy and Numeracy By Celeste Lustosa On Tuesday, August 30 Saint Barbara’s Parish School held a Literacy and Numeracy Activities Evening to highlight the National Literacy and Numeracy Week. The theme for the week this year is ‘Learning for Living’. The Week gives schools the opportunity to get involved in a range of activities and to recognise locally the achievements of students and the work of teachers, parents and members of the community who support young people to develop stronger literacy and numeracy skills. On the opportunity, teachers offered a number of activiTHE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper

ties that included card games, a Treasure Hunt, Making Mathematics, Literature Circles and Reciprocal Teaching, Mathematics using Computers and Quicksmart. “The purpose of the evening was to have children engage with parents and with their learning and to give parents a snapshot of some of things students are doing at school,” explained Chan Welfare. Dozens of parents really enjoyed the fun with their children and the night could not have been more pleasant. “The whole evening was a great success beginning with a family sausage sizzle and continuing through the evening with good attendance at every activity,” Chan concluded.

Sudden Death Tug-of-War A Sudden Death Tug of War competition will see the York Civil Team, “York Torque” take on all comers at this years Relay for Life on Saturday October 16. So with the gauntlet thrown down the call goes out to all... get your eight strongest Mr or Ms Beef cakes together and donut be a Cream Puff and accept the challenge. From an idea inspired by Roxby Downs Relay For Life Entertainment Coordinator Jack McGuire it will be an event within an event that should not be missed. “It’s all about having fun and raising funds” says Jack . “Teams of eight people per side, “pull” for bragging rights and the opportunity to raise funds to lessen the impact of cancer and I believe some of the teams might be in fancy dress, so it certainly will be a spectacle of muscles and odd balls” says Jack. Again it is good to see a local contractor stepping up to the plate for a good cause said Jack, “When

I asked Tony Hoffman from York Civil, what he thought of the concept his immediate response was, “Bring it on” and before you could say... “take the strain” his boys had put together two teams ready to take on Roxby...then the World!” Tony Hoffman entices all Roxbians to, “Come and have a tug with York Civil… anyone who thinks they are good enough, put eight blokes together and tug away!” “We think it’s a good cause and a good way to become involved with the community. It’s an excuse to raise money for a good cause,” he said. Perhaps these brash youngsters need a lesson... Can you beat them? They don’t think so! There’s only one way to find out. Footy teams, netball teams mixed teams, any teams. “Put your money where your mouth is,” and accept the challenge. For enquiries and registration forms contact Jack on 04 34 222 321



Saturday, 18 September at the Roxby Downs Racecourse Come down and support local band NO MEANS YES in their fundraising campaign for lead guitarist RICK FOALE. Info: 0428 829 751


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HAVE YOUR SAY . . . Did you see the Ben Cousins two-part series on his drug addiction? Do you think he did the right thing in airing the show?

“Some footage he shouldn’t have shown - the show was a good idea though.” Emma Killeen

“ I think he is a football legend. I think he did the right thing because he showed the consequences of his actions.” Mel Wyllie

“ I think he’s an awesome sportsperson, I’ve always been a big fan. Perhaps some of the messages were a little irreponsible for his younger fans. His family’s support was excellent.” Nicki Morgan

“I saw the start and I think it was a good idea to show his side of the story.” Sara Hebberman

WHAT’S ON across the region



ROXBY DOWNS’ FAMILY PRACTICE Phone: 8671 3231 ROXBY DOWNS’ DENTAL Dr. Harry Craven Phone: 8671 9031 Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm ROXBY DOWNS’ MEDICAL PRACTICE Monday to Friday 9am-5:30pm Saturday & Sunday 2pm-5pm by appointment. Andamooka on Tuesday 9am-12pm Phone: 8671 1900 VISITING ALLIED HEALTH SERVICE Phone: 86485500 • PODIATRIST - 20 August Phone: 86485706 • DIABETES EDUCATOR - 22 October Phone: 86485800 • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST - 20 August • SPEECH PATHOLOGIST - 20 August • PHYSIOTHERAPIST - 9 & 10 September • COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH WORKER - 20 August • DIETICIAN - 20 August • CAMHS - 9 & 10 September • PHARMACY - 9 & 10 September • DASSA - 20 August HEARING SERVICES 9:00am-2:30pm Monday to Friday Phone:1800 006 303 DOCTOR’S NEW SPECIALISED DRUG Phone: 1800 700 270 (Number for Medicare Use) CRISIS CARE COUNSELLING Uniting Care Wesley Port Augusta Regional Women’s and Children’s Support Services: 1800 655 716 Crisis care line:13 16 11 For immediate response if feeling stressed call 0428 326 529 to speak with a counsellor 24/7 BREASTFEEDING ROXBY DOWNS’ GROUP 1:30pm - 3:00pm Third Tuesday of the month. At the Roxby Downs Public Library.

GENERAL INFORMATION MT DARE HOTEL - 8am – 9pm Open every day OUTBACK COMMUNITY GARDENS - Phone: 8671 2892 ROXBY ROAD SAFE - Phone: 8671 2892

CHURCH ROXBY DOWNS’ LUTHERAN CHURCH Services are 10:30 am every Sunday Sunday School is 9:30am every Sunday during term time. (there are no evening services) FAITHWORKS’ CHRISTIAN CHURCH An Assemblies Church meets every Sunday 10.30 am at Roxby Downs School Chapel Keith Moody Phone: 0414 570 871 ST. BARBARA’S PARISH CATHOLIC CHURCH 78 Pioneer Drive, Roxby Downs Saturday @ 6.00pm Sunday @ 9.00am Contact Fr Kevin Matthews on Phone 8671 0925

ANDAMOOKA/ROXBY BIBLE CHURCH 10:00am Sundays, Worship Service 6.30pm Fridays, Kids Club, 7 years + Phone: 8672 7213 ROXBY DOWNS CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH •cnr Tutop and Burgoyne Streets •Office: 38 Pioneer Drive Priest: Mary Lewis Ph: 8671 0270 email: Worship Services: Saturday 4:00pm KFC (Kids for Christ-during school term) 5:30pm Shared Tea 6:15pm ALL ages Sunday 10:00am (with crèche facilities) 2:00pm at Andamooka Healing Service: 6pm on the 2nd Sunday in the month Midweek Meetings: Tuesday 6am Prayer 10am Open Church - coffee, chat & sharing of crafts Wednesday 7pm Home Group Thursday 9:30am Know your Bible Study Group Saturday 5pm Youth (12-15 years old) WATCH THIS SPACE FOR OUR NEW CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME FROM 24 JULY

For details on any of the events phone 8671 0270

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 8:30am - 5:00pm Monday to Friday 9:00am - 12:00pm Saturday and Sunday Phone: 8671 2001 CULTURAL & LEISURE PRECINCT - MOVIES Tuesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday Phone: 8671 2001 ROXBY DOWNS TODDLERS’ STORY TIME 9:30am - 11:00am Tuesday & Thursday (repeated) Meet at Roxby Downs Library during school Terms Only ANDAMOOKA TODDLERS’ STORY TIME 10:30am Monday - Fun for 1-4 years. Phone: 8672 7018 Meet at Andamooka Community Library PLAYGROUP - St. Barbara’s Parish School Wednesday 9:30am & Thursday 1:00pm Call School: 8671 3207 PLAYGROUP - Roxby Downs Kindergarten 9:30am - 11:00am Friday. Contact Kylie 8671 2447 ANDAMOOKA PLAYGROUP 9:00am - 10:00am Tuesday ROXBY DOWNS’ HEALTH SERVICES COFFEE MORNING 9:30am - 11:00am Thursday Meet at the Dunes Café RAPTORS CYCLING CLUB 8:00am Sunday Social bike riding group. Meet at Stuart Road roundabout ROXBY DOWNS CHILDCARE 6:30am-5:30pm Monday to Friday Phone: 8671 0911 ANDAMOOKA CHILDCARE 7:30am-5:30pm Monday to Friday ROXBY EARLY LEARNING COMMUNITY GROUP 3 yr old program Mon and Thurs 8.45am -12.15pm 4 yr old program Tue 8.45am – 11.45am Contact Gail 0439 683 609 SOUL FOOD Every third Sunday of the month at 11.00am in the Cultural Precinct Art Gallery. Come along and be inspired!! RDRCCC •Races every 3rd Sunday of the month at the Red Dunes Raceway. Support and sponsors needed for track improvements. For more information please call the Club President, Trent Burton on 0417 235 779 or see our website: CINEMA AUGUSTA Current Movies: Avatar 3D, Step Up 3 3D, Killers, The Expendables, Piranah 3D. Various sessions available at Carlton Parade. Contact 8648 9999 PORT AUGUSTA GARDEN CLUB AGM & SHOW BENCH 2:00pm at the Port Augusta Garden Club. A novelty arrangement or Sweet Pea. There will be an auction of plants contributed by members and a raffle. Call Shirley for info 86424013 BASKET MAKING WORKSHOPS 10th, 11th and 12th September, 9:30am - 4:00pm. $55 p/workshop. Workshops held by Virginia Kaiser, professional basket maker and teacher. Different technique taught everyday. Call for info Cultural Ctre Office 86419176 WEDDINGS THRU THE AGES PARADE 7:00pm at the South Augusta Football Club. $15p/ticket. Relay for Life Shotgun Wedding fundraiser. Call for info 86422559 or 86419193 2010 KEMPE BULLRIDE Saturday September 18, gates open at 5:00pm. Live entertainment from local bands NO MEANS YES and NOISY NEIGHBOURS. Food / Drinks. Fundraisers for No Means Yes and RFDS. Greyhound buses available for transport. Call for info: 0428829751


Community members are welcome to attend any meeting of the Roxby Downs Community Board, Forums and Partnerships - see schedule on the Community Matters page. For more information call Michelle Hales on 8671 0010 ROTARY CLUB - ROXBY DISTRICT 1st and 3rd Monday of the month For more information contact Sandy Sumsion ph: 0400 366 619 ANDAMOOKA OPAL GIRL GUIDES Andamooka Community Hall Mondays from 5:00pm to 7:00pm Phone: 0427 072 710 OUTBACK MULTI-CULTURAL GROUP Phone: 8671 2892

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Women must be vigilant about breast awareness and breast symptoms during pregnancy


he Australasian Society of Breast Physicians (ASBP) is reminding women it is vital they continue to practice breast awareness during pregnancy – a time when various breast changes naturally occur. The reminder comes ahead of Cancer Council’s Daffodil Day on Friday. It was also prompted by the story of Queensland mother-of-three Nerrida Rose-Humphreys who underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy while pregnant and went on to give birth to a healthy baby girl. ASBP President, Dr Susan Fraser says the incidence of breast cancer in pregnant women, while currently infrequent, may begin to rise as more women choose to become pregnant later in life. The average age for first pregnancies is now 31, an age approaching the above forty age bracket when breast cancer is likely to occur. “Research shows that in particular women who have their first pregnancy after the age of 35 are at increased risk of breast cancer,” Dr Fraser explained. She said pregnancy was a period of major change for a woman’s body and breasts can undergo significant change during this time. “During pregnancy a woman’s breast can double in size and change rapidly, so it is important that pregnant women with sig-

nificant breast symptoms are given the same investigation as those who are not pregnant,” Dr Fraser said. “Triple assessment including clinical examination, breast imaging and biopsy is required if a significant breast problem is identified in a pregnant woman. Such changes should never in the first instance be shrugged off as a pregnancy related change or common infection such as Mastitis” she said. Some treatments for breast cancer can be undertaken in pregnancy without harm to the baby. “The key is detecting the cancer early and that is why pregnant women need to be breast aware and seek medical advice

when they notice changes such as a persistent lump, pain, clear or bloodstained nipple discharge, or thickening or dimpling of the breast tissue. Triple assessment includes clinical examination, imaging such as an ultrasound and/or mammogram where the woman can wear a lead apron for protection of the baby. A biopsy may then be required to complete the third stage of the triple assessment. “With early diagnosis and targeted appropriate treatment by an experienced multidisciplinary team, often involving a breast physician, breast cancer occurring in pregnancy can have good outcomes for both mother and the unborn child” Dr Fraser said.

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Setting the great memories in stone By Celeste Lustosa


li Webber provides a very unique service to Roxby Downs – real life casting and custom framing, she told The Monitor how it all began. “It all started when I had a daughter and wanted to get her hands and feet casted. It was really difficult to organise here in Roxby so I looked at the opportunities that were available and what I could offer to the community as a service that would help mums in my situation. “So, last year I went to Brisbane to do some training on casting and custom framing and I have been doing this officially in Roxby since June last year.” Ali explained that after a long dedicated week, she could learn the techniques needed to provide a sound service for our community. Ali soon learnt that it is all about the technique and discovering the casting secrets between a great cast and a very average one. She attempted to do her own babies moulds prior to her training and like a lot of other people probably shared the same catastrophe which

intrigued her and she wanted to learn more. “My main customers are generally mums, babies and families as I also offer a combined set of family hands which can be framed or used as a centre piece on a table, by far the most popular demand is the baby’s hands and feet.” She also does casting of pregnant bellies in high definition, torso castings, and pretty much anything from the human anatomy that you can think of. “Something that I have been talking about lately is that life is really short and sometimes if you can set your memories in stone, you can keep them forever. “I have casted my own hands with my mums and I will have that memory forever no matter what happens. I think it’s just beautiful for me to have because if anything tragic ever happened to either of us, the memory will live on. It is about setting these great memories in stone.” Ali said that there are different techniques that can be used for real life casting impressions. “Depending on the type of casting required depends on the technique, baby’s hands and feet or a 3D cast-

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ing, like mums holding their baby’s hands for example, sets within 60 seconds. However, “The technique for the body casting and family hands – is completely different and much more complex. The moulding gel is utilised along with reinforcing to provide further strength in the mould,” she said. If you are interested in setting your memories in stone, or would like further information about this service offered locally in Roxby Downs you can view Ali’s collection at Market Day every month. “I have done some interesting casts and I am looking forward to doing some more body casting which is what I really enjoy, very technical and amazing pieces of art are produced. To date the profits that I have made has been going back into my education to learn more, I hope to be able to travel to America to learn more in the near future where many of the professional body casters are based that cast famous models. It is a unique work of art and something that no-one else offers here,” she concluded. Ali can also be contacted on 8671 0692 or by email

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Full name: Dearne Masson Age: 33 How long have you been hairdressing? 15 years. Have you had any careers in different in dustries? If so what were they? No What’s your favourite colour? Don’t have one. Do you play any sports? Yes – netball / tennis / a bit of golf. How long have you lived in Roxby? 7 ½ years. Where did you grow up? Snowtown Where did you live before Roxby? Adelaide Where did you complete your appren ticeship? Adelaide – The Metro What’s your five year plan? Have a family! Do you have any other accreditations? Different courses for hairdressing. One word to describe yourself… loving / and caring. THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper

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Are you up for the ultimate golfers challenge?

By Celeste Lustosa Professional and not so much professional golfers of our region are getting ready for the ‘Ultimate Golfers Challenge’, to be held at the Andamooka Golf Course on the 2nd and 3rd October long weekend. The event will be a part of the Opal Festival to be held in Andamooka, starting with the traditional welcome barbeque at the Historical Cottages on Friday,

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Community Health Service Clinic opening hours

- Monday to Friday 9am to 12pm & 2pm to 5pm. - Wednesday closed from 2pm to 5pm. - Closed at all other times except for 24 hour emergencies. Phone: 8672 7087 (during work hours) or 0428 727 087 (after hours)

Country Womens Association

Andamooka Opal Fields Branch

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

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Anne Legg 0427 974 084


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1st October at 6pm. The town will be celebrating the ‘Festival’ throughout the whole weekend, with bands, food, entertainment, cabarets, games for the kids, markets and much more. The golfers will be kicking off on the Saturday on a fun day, with fancy dress, best hat, best shoes and presentations at the course on the afternoon. The games starts at 10am but registrations will take place at 9am. It is a 4 person Ambrose comp – 9 Hole competition. But not everything will be about playing. There will be live entertainment by the “Rocky River Band” from Adelaide, playing at the community hall that night as well. On Sunday registrations need to be made at 7:30am for an 8:30am start. It is a Stroke /

Handicap comp – 18 Hole game. Presentation will be held at ‘The Tuckerbox’ restaurant that evening with local folk band for entertainment, and then the “Bohemian Cabaret” at the community hall. Andamooka has a 9 hole golf course, which was built in 1994, by a local known as “Bodgy Dave”. The course was rebuilt recently, so locals and visitors could enjoy a game of golf in this very unique place, surrounded by beautiful flowers and scenery like no other. According to Andamooka Opal Festival Coordinator, Therese Schofield, there were some fundraisings to get the course up to playing standard, so they would like to see as many people to go along and have a great time in Andamooka.

Wrap up of Road works in Andamooka

By Millie Thomas Road works in Andamooka have made steady progress sealing the roads, and hopefully the project will be finished in time before more rain comes, and before the Andamooka Opal Festival. Outback Community Authority Manager Bob Jacobs said the project is starting to wrap up. “They are working on the approaches to the township now, where it has washed out and their putting in the concrete culverts and doing a very good job,” said Mr Jacobs. “They haven’t started the road seal yet, I believe, that what they’re waiting on is for the road to dry out completely before


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If you are interested in coming along to have a go at the “Challenge”, please contact Carolyne Eime on 042 996 4045 or Therese Schofield on 042 733 4883. Registrations can be made over the phone or e-mail prior to the event. They will also be taking registrations at the Friday night barbeque, for any late arrivals. It costs $30 per day or $50 for weekend, which includes lunch on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. The event organisers would like to thank BHP Billiton, Sodexo, Sandvik, Andamooka CWA, Andamooka and Roxby Downs CFS units, APOMA, and all the volunteers who have donated their time so far. This is definitely fun for the whole family!


A note from the Outback Community Authority...

The OCA board are meeting in Andamooka on the 30th September and community members are invited to attend an afternoon tea and a meeting with the community members if they’d like to meet the board

Lyn Breuer MP

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Working with the community, For the community. For appointments call Lyn’s office Phone: 8645 7800 Fax: 8645 0713 Email: Westland Shopping Centre Whyalla Norrie, SA 5608

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they started putting the bitumen down otherwise if they put it down when it’s wet, the bitumen will lift.” APOMA Chairperson Peter Allen is in agreeance and thinks the roads will be extremely beneficial to activities at the Opal Fest. “By the time of print the bitumen roads should be finished. They’re due to leave here Friday, so assuming it doesn’t rain; it’ll all go to plan,” he said. “I believe there has been a challenge issued to the Roxby Downs Billy Cart Club to have a competition over here on the Saturday of the Andamooka Opal Festival. And by then we’ll have a good bitumen road to run on, it will be an awesome track to run on!”

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ONCE AGAIN, TOYOTA IS GIVING YOU MORE ou don’t get to be Australia’s favourite car company for seven years running† without giving more than most. Right now, Toyota is giving even more than usual with great offers on Australia’s favourite range. And with Toyota values like world class safety and legendary reliability, plus innovative technology and low cost capped-price genuine servicing, you can trust Toyota to give you more.


CELEBRATE 60 YEARS WITH THE LANDCRUISER 200 Speaking of giving you more, the new Limited Edition 60th Anniversary LandCruiser 200 comes with over $5,000 worth of Limited Edition extras± including satellite navigation, leather accented interior and roof rails. You can choose from petrol or diesel models with stock arriving at participating dealers throughout September.


NO WONDER IT’S THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR SMALL CAR With 34 million of them sold over 40 years, Corolla is the world’s most popular small car. And right now you can drive away in a manual Corolla Ascent Hatch or Sedan from just $20,990. Plus you can get 40% off one year’s Toyota Comprehensive Car Insurance or get it free when you finance through Toyota Financial Services^.

STEP UP TO SENSATIONAL VALUE If you’re looking for big six power and surprising economy look no further than the Aurion AT-X. Its quad-cam, all alloy powerplant produces 200kW of power yet, amazingly, also delivers fuel economy of 9.9L/100Km#. Better still, you can currently drive away

in one for $32,990 driveaway which is a saving of over $3,000. Or, if you’d prefer, upgrade to an Aurion Sportivo SX6 with dual-zone climate control and a reversing camera for $37,990 driveaway and save over $5,000. Speaking of great value, Camry is Australia’s number one selling medium car~ and with deals like this it looks like staying that way. See your Toyota Dealer this weekend and you can drive away in a Camry Altise Automatic for $29,990 driveaway including Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRC). Alternatively, you can step up to the Camry Grande with dual-zone climate control air conditioning, Bluetooth™≥, satellite navigation and Smart Entry for just $38,990 driveaway.

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VALUE THAT EVEN EXTENDS TO SERVICING Australians know they can rely on Toyota to give them more value. Take Toyota Service Advantage for example. It’s a low cost capped-price servicing scheme* that’s standard on new Toyotas. Buy a Yaris, for example, and you can rest easy knowing that you’ll be paying just $130 per scheduled service for the first three years or 60,000kms, whichever occurs first. As you can imagine, that can really help with your budgeting.

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Pricing applicable for Private and Bronze Fleet buyers for vehicles purchased and delivered before September 30, 2010. Excludes demos. While stocks last. Offers not available in conjunction with other registered fleet discounts or offers. Toyota reserves the right to extend any offer. ≥ Streaming Bluetooth™ Audio compatibility requires devices that are enabled with compatible technology Bluetooth™ v1.2 and must also be enabled with both A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) v1.0 or later & AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile) v1.0 or later. The Bluetooth™ word mark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Bluetooth™ will only operate with telephones enabled with compatible Bluetooth™ wireless technology (HFP (Hands Free Profile) v1.0 or later and OPP (Object Push Profile) v1.1 or later international standards). OPP functionality only works on Satellite Navigation equipment. ^40% discount or free 12 month (for vehicles financed by Toyota Financial Services) Toyota Insurance Comprehensive motor vehicle policy will be offered to all eligible Private & Bronze Fleet customers who purchase and take delivery of a new RAV4 2WD CV, or a new Corolla Ascent Hatch or Sedan. 40% saving based on the national average premium price for Toyota Comprehensive Car Insurance during January-June 2010. Individual premiums may vary depending on risk circumstances. Terms, conditions and underwriting criteria apply. Before making a decision about the Toyota Insurance Comprehensive Motor Vehicle policy please read the current Product Disclosure Statement available on the Toyota Insurance website at, or call 137 200 to obtain a copy. Toyota Insurance is a division of Aioi Insurance Co., Ltd; ABN 39 096 302 466, AFSL Number 254489 (Aioi). The Insurer is Aioi. ±Extras refers to comparison with 2010 LC200 GXL. † VFACTS 31 December 2009. ~ VFACTS YTD (30 June 2010). *Toyota Service Advantage pricing represents the maximum amount payable for standard scheduled servicing which is as per ‘maintenance for normal operating conditions’ outlined in the warranty and service schedule, for the first three years, or 60,000 kilometres, whichever occurs first. Maximum 6 Services (4 for Aurion/Camry/Hybrid Camry) Service Advantage eligibility excludes Government and Rental vehicles and certain other exclusions apply. Contact your Toyota Dealer for details of eligibility. #Fuel consumption will vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle conditions and options/accessories. Source of fuel consumption data: ADR81/02 combined (L/100km) for (manual/auto) models. VALID 7890-2 TOY08464/MB

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POSITION VACANT PROJECT OFFICER (PART TIME) – 12 month contract The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Partnership invites applica ons from people with project management experience. The Project Officer will be responsible for implemen ng the recommenda ons of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Study (2010)and act as a resource for the Partnership. This posi on is jointly funded by Roxby Downs Council and BHP Billiton.

For further informa on and a copy of the posi on descrip on please contact Michelle Hales on 0418 833 818. ApplicaƟons close at 5pm on 20 September 2010 and will be accepted either by POST: P O Box 85, Roxby Downs SA 5725 or







The Outback Communities Authority (OCA), that has legislative responsibility for assisting remote communities, is seeking tenders from suitably experienced and skilled persons and/or companies to provide a town maintenance service for Andamooka. Work will include emptying town public bins, maintaining town parks and gardens and assisting the community manager in the ongoing maintenance of the town public facilities and services. All vehicles, equipment and tools will be provided by the contractor. Consumables will be reimbursed on receipt of invoices. As part of the tender interested persons will be required respond to the tender documents and provide an assessment of hours and rates of pay to complete the required work. The closing date for acceptance of tenders will be Friday September 24, 2010. All persons tendering must receive tender documents. Further details regarding the contract and complete tender documentation is available by contacting the Andamooka Community Manager, Mr. Bob Jacobs, on 86727411 or via email

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Visits ROXBY DOWNS 14 _ 17 of every month FOR APPOINTMENTS PHONE: 0457 157 828 deposits need to be paid to Zealous hairdresser’s Phone: 8671 3039 366 Main South Rd, Morphett Vale SA 5162 PH/FAX (08) 8186 1196

S Administration & Compliance Coordinator Olympic Dam (Residential) Cavpower’s reputation for excellence and superior customer service has made us the long time Caterpillar dealer for South Australia and Broken Hill for over 30 years. We are a growing organisation and proud to be part of the Caterpillar world-wide network of dealers. Reporting directly to the branch manager, this position is responsible for providing operational and compliance administration support to key personnel across the business. Duties and Responsibilities include: • Monthly reporting • Coordination of administration staff • Provide support to Branch Managers • Provide support to Service department The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate effective organisation skills and posses a high level of attention to detail for reporting requirements. Previous experience in managing and coordinating a small team would be highly beneficial as well as any experience with high level safety procedures. For more information or to apply visit Applications close 17th September 2010

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Young gun takes Hornridge’s top honour By Millie Thomas The 2010 W&DFL season is finally over for all teams, with the weekend just gone marking this occasion with full days and nights of frivolities, congratulations and commiserations. Sunday, September 5 was celebrated by the Hornridge Sporting Club (HSC), whose season finished a couple of weeks ago, with their annual presentation day, celebrating the outstanding players of the season, and recognising considerable effort and dedication to the club. This year the winner of the

HSC best and fairest medal came as no surprise. The recipient, Mitch Blackie, has made headlines all year for his young football talent, and was a serious contender in the Blackwoods’ Footballer of the Year competition. The winner of the best ‘Club man’, Tim Feltus, was a well deserved winner. He too has made headlines this year, both in his personal life (he was the individual who saved a family from tragedy when he saw smoke billowing from their house) and in football (he helped organise the auc-

tion held on Race Day to raise funds for the HSC football trip - raising an astonishing $6,000). And finally, special mention must be made of Life Membership recipients Darren Male and Tony Rigden, who after a number of years of faithful service and volunteering for the HSC have finally been recognised for their participation and outstanding commitment to HSC through thick and thin times. On behalf of The Monitor, congratulations to all winners.

The prize winners at Hornridge’s presentation day on Sunday were well known and well deserved.

Results of Hornridge Presentation Day:

Football: Best & Fairest and Under 21 Best & Fairest Mitch Blackie Runner Up Best & Fairest Nigel Tuthill Leading & Most Prolific Foward Craig Rainsford Best Defensive Backman Dion McEvoy Most Improved Player Dylan Male Most Consistent Player and Players Choice Trophy Brad Cooper Coaches Trophy Josh Elliot Best Club Man Tim Feltus Mark “Funky” Perrin Life Membership HSC 2010 Darren Male & Tony Rigden Netball Best and Fairest A Grade Elyshiah McCarthy Naomi Bowley Hayley Plane B Grade Dearne Masson Amanda Brown (Coaches Award) Terressa Moyle (Coaches Award) Megan Crawford C Grade Zoey Male Sam Thompson Sam Thompson

Tony Rogden and Darren Male were presented with Life Memberships of Hornridge Sporting Club for their dedication over the years. Mail Medal Points Tally (Top 10)

Mitchel Blackie Nigel Tuthill Brad Cooper (Coops) Dion McEvoy (Pongo) Ben Grimston (Hot Dogs) Peter Rhodes (Pistol) Dylan Male* Bradyn McEvoy Ryan Price (Crusty) Luke Gersh

59 42 33 22 12 12 11 7 5 4

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Monitor SPORT Recreation Centre sports results Weds Netball: 25/08/2010 Women’s: Sporty Shorties forfeited against Eagles Desert Demons 23 defeated Vixens 15 Mixed: Old Skools Back 31 defeated Hornbags 26 Goal Diggers 27 defeated Roxby PLeisure 16 01/09/2010 Women’s: Eagles 50 defeated vixens 13

Gems’ Meg Elliott take the ball high in front of Hornridge centre Belinda White during Friday night’s preliminary final.

Sporty Shorties 30 defeated Tango’s 22 Mixed: Old Skools Back 35 defeated Roxby PLeisure 21 Horn Bags 40 defeated Goal Diggers 18 Mixed Indoor Hockey: 02/09/2010 Frogs Drew with Hot Shots 5 all Blues 10 defeated Scorpions 3 26/08/2010 Frog 11 defeated Blues 10 Scorpions 5 defeated Hot Shots 3

Weekend Golf Results Overall winner Neville Petherick 77 A grade Glen Mungur 83 B grade Damien Condon 88 C grade Geoff Darling 85 Ladies/jnr Sally Benn 84 Sweepstakes Beff Barrand 89

Best putter Damien Condon 29 Long drive A missed Long drive B Damien Condon Long drive lj Sally Benn ntp A Glen Mungur




10am start Registrations 9am 4 person Ambrose competition – 9 Holes

8.30am start Registrations 7.30am Stroke / Handicap comp – 18 Holes

$30 per day or $50 for weekend Includes lunch on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

Finals race in Netball

Hornridge goal defence Naomi Bowley stretches to intercept a Gems’ pass.

Registrations will also be taken at the APOMA welcome BBQ, on Friday 1st Oct at 7pm, at the Andamooka Historical Cottages. All enquiries to Carolyne 0429 964 045 or Therese 0427 334 883

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8th to 14th September 2010


BALLET - Auditorium - 3:30pm - 7:30pm COME AND TRY SOCCER School Oval - 3:30pm-6:00pm SENIOR SOCCER - Sports Stadiums - 6:30pm SQUASH SPRING PENNANT COMPETITION Squash Courts - 7:00pm- 9:00pm JUNIOR BASKETBALL DNSP TRAININGS Stadium 2 - 5:00pm- 6:30pm


BALLET - Auditorium - 3:30pm-6:00pm FAIRY BELLE BALLET -Squash Crts -3:30pm - 4:00pm JUNIOR NETBALL TRAININGS Outdoor Courts - 4:00pm- 6:00pm PUMP - Group Fitness Room - 9:00am WEDNESDAY SOCIAL NETBALL(Womens/Mixed) Stadiums - 6:30pm- 8:10pm DO SHOTOKAN KARATE Auditorium - 6:00pm- 9:00pm


JUNIOR NETBALL TRAININGS Outdoor Courts - 3:00pm- 6:00pm JUNIOR INDOOR HOCKEY Stadium 1 - 5:00pm- 6:00pm MIXED INDOOR HOCKEY Stadium 1 - 6:30pm- 8:30pm JUNIOR BASKETBALL DNSP TRAININGS Stadium 2 - 5:00pm- 6:30pm NIPPY GYM Auditorium - 9:30am - 11:30am

FRIDAY SENIOR NETBALL GAMES GRAND FINALS Outdoor Hard Courts & Sports Stadiums 6:00pm- 9:30pm SOCIAL BADMINTON Stadium 1 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

SATURDAY JUNIOR NETBALL GAMES grand FINALS Outdoor Hard Courts - 9:00am-1:30pm


School Oval -10:00am SOFTBALL

School Oval - 11:00am- 2:00pm JUNIOR BASKETBALL DNSP TRAININGS

Stadium 1 - 10:30am-12:00pm DESERT DASH 10 & 5KM WALK/RUN

A Grade – GHD Gems 45 defeated Hornridge 42 B Grade – Miners Red 45 defeated OD – B 34 C Grade – OD – C 53 defeated Miners White 37. Next Week Grand Final Games will begin at 6:00pm B Grade – Hornridge 2 vs. Miners Red C Grade – Hornridge 3 vs. OD – C A Grade – OD – A vs. GHD Gems The RDNA Committee wish all Grand finalist teams’ Good luck. Top goal shooter for Gems, Ali Knights passes in to Mel Tucker in the A grade final.

Town Oval - 8am - 2pm

MONDAY JUNIOR NETBALL TRAININGS Outdoor Courts - 3:00pm- 6:00pm SENIOR NETBALL TRAININGS Outdoor Courts - 6:00pm- 9:00pm BUTS & GUTS - Group Fitness Room - 9:00am VOLLEYBALL - Sport Stadiums - 7:15pm- 9:30pm DO SHOTOKAN KARATE Auditorium - 6:00pm- 9:00pm SOCIAL COMMUNITY TENNIS Lawn Courts - 10:00am- 11:00am JUNIOR SQUASH Squash Courts - 5:30pm- 7:30pm

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Miners’ Kim Pike grabs a high pass in the C grade final.

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Miners break 10 year premiership drought W

ith the rains and winds of last week came the breaking of the drought for the Roxby and Districts footballers when they won their first premiership flag in 10 years in a resounding manner Coach Mark Dalgliesh said in accepting the award last week’s weather was said to be a one in 40 year event and Saturday’s grand final was a one in 10 year event for the mighty red and whites. From the very first bounce the Miners adapted to the windy conditions far better than their more experienced opponents, and with the winning experience over Olympic Dam in the second semi final still fresh in their minds, nothing was going to stop them taking the next step to win the flag. It took a little time for the match to settle as both sides were becoming acustomed to the conditions, and while OD had the first shot on goal for a minor score it was the Roxby Miners who steadied and with the aid of a 50 metre penalty got the first goal through Prosser, who would become the thorn in the side of the OD defence as he piled on another five before half time. But in typical grand final footy it was a tough, hard game and with the strong wind blowing across the ground it didn’t make it the spectacle fans had hoped for. OD were repelled time again by the strong defence of the Miners led by “Captain Grumpy” Jared Pyke ably assisted by Chislett, Orr and Crafter. Up forward Rose and Watson were putting immense pressure on the OD half back line as they continually bobbed up for possessions and Chesson was his usual busy self. When Todd Roberts goaled from 30 metres out and Prosser kicked his second a change came over the game as the Miners moved up a notch and their pace and fitness became a telling factor as they hit the ball first and were prepared to run harder than OD. Had it not been for Moyse in the last line of defence with a couple of telling marks the Miners would have been further in front by the end of the first. FIRST QUARTER Roxby Miners 3-0 OD Devils 0-1 During the huddle OD coach Scott Peek urged his players to attack through the canteen side of the ground and only defend on the other side. With what appeared to be many more red jumpers around the ball and the ease at which they were clearing the centre bounces, OD had a lot of work to do to get back into the game. A goal from McBey set the Miners on their way but they were assisted greatly by very undisciplined play that saw umpire Daddow give two 50 metre penalties against the Devils allowing Hannan to put another on the board opening up a very handy lead in a low scoring game.When Seb Holbrook had a snap shot from deep in the pocket the OD fans were hoping for a lift. His shot hit the post for a minor score and so went any chance of OD posting their first goal before half time. As the quarter continued the Miners’ pace was telling on some of the older legs of the OD side. Hornhardt and Taylour were doing what they could against a tide of Miners. In a controversial judgement OD lost its playing coach Scott Peek when he was sent from the field after being red carded and subsequently reported. This upset fans and shook the confidence of the Devils as they seemed to lack direction for some time after. More goals to the Miners through Prosser and Zeptner and by half time they had a 10 goal lead. To that point in the game OD were chasing jumpers, a trend that was to continue for the entire game. HALF TIME Roxby Miners 10-2 OD Devils 0-3 The crowd was stunned that OD had not registered a goal in a half a game of football, almost unheard of for this side that has boasted the minor premiership and

GRANDResults FINAL WOOMERA & DISTRICTS FOOTBALL LEAGUE INC Grand final 4th Sept 10 Roxby Districts 13 goals 7 behinds 85 points defeated Olympic Dam 2 goals 6 behinds 18 points Best players for Roxby 1st R Prosser, 2nd J Rose, 3rd B Chesson, 4th J Telfer, 5th D Hannan. Goal scorers R Prosser 6, goals J Telfer 2, goals D Hannan, I McBey, K Zeptner, S Kaminski, T Roberts 1 goal each. Best players for OD 1st C Taylour, 2nd D McKenna, 3rd T Hornhardt, 4th M Darrie, 5th D Moyse. Goal scorers S Montgomerie, M Darrie 1 goals each.

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many other flags in the last 10 years. While the Miners and their fans were quietly pleased with the scoreline, they like the rest of the big crowd, were waiting for the OD to explode into action. In the third quarter favoured by the wind turning slightly to the bar end of the ground it was the Devils’ best chance and as they say this is usually the premiership quarter. Not to be for OD. While they did manage to scramble through their first goal the game changed to a rebounding one with defences working overtime and the scoreboard attendants not troubled too much. It was Matt Darrie who kicked the OD goal for the quarter. Scott Montgomerie moved off the ball to in front of goal where he always looked as though he could break the game open, but was off line in a couple of shots on goal and was closely checked by the Pyke, Chislett and company. The Miner’s only goal for this quarter came off the boot of Cody Kenny and while it was a low scoring term it did give the Miners the chance to come home with the aid of the continual and energy sapping wind. THIRD QUARTER SCORES Roxby Miner 11-4 OD Devils 1-5 The fitter Roxby District players took the last quarter before them with Rose, Telfer Prosser, Finey and a host of others getting plenty of the ball. The normally reliable backbone of the OD team couldn’t get into the game with Cam Green outplayed, Daniel Rogers finding it hard to break the packs in his normal style and Montgomerie having no influence around the ground or up forward. The fans could sense the last quarter was a mere formality and with two goals added to the score for the Miners and just one off the boot of Scott Montgomerie for OD, the game was over and the premiership shield had changed hands. The Miners in their third consecutive grand final with their arch rivals, finally celebrated with an emphatic victory. FINAL SCORES Roxby Miners 13-6 OD Devils 2-6

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4 1. Spencer Crafter helped hold up Roxby Miner’s strong defence, as Olympic Dam’s Matt Darrie arrie chases him down. 2. Cam Green could do little as he was set upon by a pack of Roxby District players who backed each other up throughout the game. 3. Top goal scorer for the Miners, Ricky Prosser was the leading goal scorer and took some great marks in the windy conditions. 4. The main stay of the Roxby defence was the high marking and strong rebounding Jared Pyke who continued his Mail Medal winning form.

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Sweet victory for Miners

Miners break 10 year premiership drought What’s happening at the Roxby Downs Cultural & Leisure Precinct


n what was billed as the “Clash of the Titans” only a week ago, the 2010 Woomera and District Football Grand Final will go down as the “Thrashing of a Titan”. Roxby District Miners overcame a grand final losing streak in seasons 2008 and 2009 to decimate the all powerful Olympic Dam Devils, setting a new era in local football and setting a new benchmark in the league for seasons to come.

See the full game report on page 19.



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