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Volume 4, Thursday 27th September, 2007
PUSH BACK ON EIS Written by Les Rochester
Sports clubs, businesses and community groups are in a holding pattern in Roxby Downs, wondering what has happened with BHP Billiton’s Environmental Impact Statement and Town Master Plan. Residents in Roxby Downs have been under the impression the EIS and Master Plan were to be released for public comment by the middle of this year. The Olympic Dam expansion fact sheets prepared by consultants ARUP in August last year and still displayed on the public notice board in the Roxby Downs mall, clearly state both the EIS and Master Plan will be released in mid 2007. BHP Billiton’s manager of Corporate Aﬀairs Richard Yeeles told The Monitor the EIS has not been delayed. “The company is preparing the EIS in accordance with guidelines set by the Federal and South Australian Governments. “Those guidelines require a conﬁguration to be explained for the proposed expansion. “The company will publish an EIS when it has ﬁnalised decisions about project conﬁguration,” he said.
However on September 26th 2006 in a presentation titled “Now and the Future” Mr Yeeles told the audience at the Commonwealth Club of Adelaide that the EIS for the Olympic Dam expansion would be published in 2007. On July the 6th last year another ODX presentation, this time in Roxby Downs gave the following timelines. Draft EIS document on Public Exhibition (8 weeks) …..Mid 2007; Supplementary EIS prepared to respond to submissions ….2007; Assessment reports prepared by South Australian and Australian Governments…..2007; Australian Minister for Environment and Heritage and the South Australian Minister for Mineral Resources and De velopment make de cision on EIS….2008. In December last year the Vice President of Base Metals Roger Higgins in an Olympic Dam Analyst Presentation said on page 41 of that presentation the Environmental Impact Statement would be published in 2007. Concern has spread rapidly in Roxby Downs about the delay in the release date of the EIS. Continued on Page 4
Above: Alex Barker prepares to tee off at the Royal Flying Doctor Service Golf Day.
For more photos from the Golf Day and Auction, see Pages 9 and 10. Also inside today: Oktopalfest information on Page 15.
Kangaroo Cull not going to meet quotas The annual aerial kangaroo survey of the State’s pastoral and outer agricultural lands has just been completed and early indications are that the drought has had a significant impact on numbers. The Operations Manager with the Department for Environment and Heritage’s Kangaroo Management Program, Tom Gerschwitz said in addition to the standard survey area, the Murray Mallee Harvest Region was ﬂown this year. This region was on a threeyear counting cycle because of its lower numbers and harvest pressures compared with the
other regions. This year the survey covered in excess of 207,000 sq km of the pastoral zone and the agricultural zone. The surveys have been conducted annually since 1978 to provide DEH with information on trends in kangaroo populations. The population estimates derived from the surveys are used to set commercial culling quotas for the following year. Within the five kilometre unit lengths used, observers in a Cessna 185 count Red kangaroos, Western Grey kangaroos, euros, emus and goats. They also note other large species of interest like camels and brumbies.
The observers’ tallies are later added and corrected for visibility bias before being used to obtain regional density estimates for each kangaroo species. Reporting on the 2007 harvest concerns were expressed last month that unless there is a dramatic increase in the harvesting eﬀort the harvest of kangaroos this year will again be well short of the approved quota. Tom Gerschwitz says that for the three species combined (Red kangaroos, Western Greys and euros) the projected harvest for this year will be about 40% of the quota. “The most active area in harvesting the approved quota has
been the Eastern Agricultural Harvest Zone where projections suggest that 74% of the Red kangaroo quota and 83% of the Western Grey quota will be harvested by the end of the year,” he said. Landholders are reminded that commercial quota is currently available for all harvest zones if wanted. Mr Gerschwitz said the data from the current survey is being processed and deﬁnitive estimates will be know once all results have been computed. “But what we have noticed is that the drought is a deﬁnite controlling factor in kangaroo numbers across all species. “So I don’t think there will be any surprises,” he said.
The beauty of the moth Moths have been put on the map through a new book. The book, A Guide to Australian Moths by Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards, has won a Whitley Awards Certiﬁcate of Commendation for the best zoological guide published in Australia in 2007. “This book is the first wellillustrated guide to Australian moths and puts paid to the general perception of moths as drab and unspectacular,” Mr Edwards – a Post Retirement Fellow at CSIRO Entomology said. “The wonderful colour photos by Paul Zborowski feature living moths in their natural habitats and make an enormous contribution to the book. “There are more than 20,000 moth species in Australia and their diverse biologies and lifestyles are all there – from the famous Witjuti grubs to the migratory bogong moths and much, much more,” Mr Edwards said. “Mr Zborowski is an entomolo-
Photo courtesy of CSIRO. The catepillar of the Lymantrid Moth Dasychira Pudibunda
gist and renowned photographer who has published a number of insect reference works including the Whitley Award winning, Field Guide to Insects of Australia.” Mr Edwards – who has studied Australian moths for more than 30 years at CSIRO’s Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) in Canberra – says the book is a fascinating introduction to the extraordinary diversity of Australian moths. Featuring all the major moth families, A Guide to Australian Moths is aimed at a general readership. It includes information on unusual aspects of moth biology and highlights the environmental role of moths and their importance to humans. The Whitle y Aw ards are presented annually by the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales for outstanding publications on Australian fauna.
Above: Woma Python on display before being released into the Arid Recovery site.
They were cool…. these Womas
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They slithered, tongues ﬂicking the air tasting for the heat source, anticipation was in their dark beady eyes. The Womas had arrived in Roxby Downs ready for release out into the Arid Recovery nature reserve. They made their debut at the Dunes Café to a packed audience of more than 80 people who came along to see this rare and locally endangered species. Ecologist John Read did a sterling job giving a background description of them and then took one of the Womas out, much to the delight of the enthralled youngsters who picked the prime viewing spots at the front of the audience. The 9 Womas with their satellite tracking devices were released on the Saturday morning to make their home in this remarkable reserve. They were placed down the disused burrows of bilby’s and hopping mice just to start them oﬀ. Established in 1997, Arid Recovery is centred around a 60 square km fenced reserve from which all feral cats, rabbits and foxes have been eradicated. This has provided an area of complete protection into which four species of locally extinct mammals – the Greater Stick Nest Rat, Burrowing Bettong, Greater Bilby, and the Western Barred Bandicoot, – have been successfully reintroduced. The woma release and a community education program around it is sponsored by BHP Billiton Olympic Dam as a ‘special project’ above its regular support of Arid Recovery. Zoos SA has also played a major role - rearing the reptiles at Adelaide Zoo from parents sourced as close as possible to Roxby Downs and inserting the radio transmitters which will enable the snakes to be monitored. Womas are a natural predator of reintroduced bilbies and possibly burrowing bettongs and their introduction to Arid Recovery is aimed to both assist woma conservation and help balance these bourgeoning mammal populations and help sustain ecosystem restoration. THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper
Andamooka SES to the rescue
Above: Local SA Ambulance volunteers in their green uniforms.
Ambulance Officers get the blues R oxby residents calling 000 may be confronted with an Ambulance Oﬃcer clad in jeans and a t-shirt in the next few weeks.
Above: New construction on Tutop street.
New Tutop Centre gets approval It has taken months in the approval process but ﬁnally work has started on the new shopping development on Tutop street on the eastern side of the plaza. The land is being developed by long time Roxby Downs businessman Chad Oldﬁeld and his wife Tracey. “We have eventually got the plans through the building approvals process and now we’re ﬁnalising the engineering reports,” Mr Oldﬁeld told The Monitor. “We’ve been going through this process for months and months ﬁghting to provide more retail space for the residents of Roxby Downs. “It is an exciting concept and the facilities that will be provided to shoppers are quite inspiring,” he said. The centre will comprise ﬁve shops each of about 200 square metres and there will be shade sails around the complex to provide shaded parking for up to 30 vehicles. “Look, I know there’s nothing worse than getting into a hot car during summer after spending time shopping, so I wanted the experience in our centre to be pleasant,” Mr Oldﬁeld said. “That’s why we’ll have shade sails up. “It’ll also be good for the children who join their parents on the shopping experience,” he said. In another move away from tradition, Mr Oldﬁeld plans to sell the individual shops to the businesses that want to set up in the centre. “They can determine their destiny without having to lock themselves into rental contracts. “They can do business rent free if they own their shop. “It just removes one of those heavy ﬁnancial burdens and commitments that current businesses in Roxby Downs face every week,” Mr Oldﬁeld said. The centre will also feature a large array of solar panels that will generate much of the centre’s electricity needs. “New developments must include such sustainable energy designs because of the eﬀects of greenhouse gas and climate change,” Mr Oldﬁeld said. “In Roxby Downs we’re going to try and do our bit.” As yet there’s no announcement on the type of businesses that will operate out of the new shopping centre. THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper
SA Ambulance Service (SAAS) has recalled the traditional green uniforms, following allergic reactions that have seen a number of ambulance oﬃcers seeking medical treatment. “None of our Roxby volunteers have had a reaction to the uniforms,” Volunteer Team Leader SA Ambulance Service Roxby Downs Dawn Kroemer said. “But a few people in other areas of the state have. “The ambulance service is having scientiﬁc tests done to see what exactly was causing a reaction, but in the mean time it has been decided to issue all ambulance oﬃcers with new uniforms and remove the old green uniforms,” she said. The Roxby Downs Ambos handed in their green uniforms last week, but are unsure when the replacement uniforms will arrive. “In the interim between the handing in of the old uniforms and the re-issue of the new, ambulance oﬃcers will be wearing an ambulance vest or jacket over civilian clothes,” Mrs Kroemer said. SA Ambulance Ser vice Chief Executive Chris Lemmer said the recall of the old green operational uniforms and the reissue of a new interim navy blue uniform was enacted to protect staﬀ.
“SAAS, together with the Ambulance Employee’s Association, has been working tirelessly over the last few weeks to ﬁnd both short and long-term solutions to the uniform issue,” Mr Lemmer said. “Despite ongoing and extensive scientiﬁc testing of the uniform material, our external investigators to date have not yet been able to identify the exact source of the skin irritations and allergic reactions. “Following thorough internal investigation into our current operational uniform after some staﬀ experienced varying degrees of allergic reactions, SA Ambulance Service decided to recall all operational uniforms,” he said. Mr Lemmer said the interim navy blue uniform will be rolled out to metropolitan and country areas simultaneously, but that some sites may have to wait a little longer for their uniforms, given the SAAS will have to supply more than 2000 interim uniforms across the state. “The public can be assured that this significant operational task will not aﬀect our delivery of high-quality patient care,” Mr Lemmer said. “We will still be responding to every triple zero call with the same level of urgency. “SAAS paramedics and ambulance oﬃcers will be wearing the interim navy uniform for around three to four months while a long-term uniform replacement is sourced for all operational staﬀ. “The long-term replacement will revert to green,” he said.
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Membership in the Roxby Downs State Emergency Services (SES) has reached a critical low. The organisation is so short staﬀed that Roxby residents may have to depend on the Andamooka SES in the event of a crisis. “On the weekends when people are out of town on leave we are very shorthanded,” Team Leader Stephen Moss said. “We may have to rely on the Andamooka SES if there is a crisis that needs back up,” he said. The local crew is down to 11 active members. With shift work and holidays that can mean there is noone available in Roxby Downs to respond to a crisis. “At the end of the day it takes about six months to fully train new recruits,” Mr Moss said. “We have some people going through basic training at the moment, but we urgently need more members. “People new to town may not realise they can join the emergency services in Roxby Downs, they can, just walk in oﬀ the street and we’ll train you,” he said. The Roxby Downs SES oﬀer new recruits training in basic rescue, ﬁrst aid, radio operations and traﬃc management. The crew works closely with the other emergency services in town, with many volunteers choosing to join more than one organisation. “We all work together,” Mr Moss said. “Many of our members volunteer for more than one service, which is great as they become multi-skilled and are better able to adapt in a crisis,” he said. For more information, or to sign up as a volunteer, visit the SES headquarters on Olympic Way at 7pm on Wednesdays or contact Stephen Moss on 0408 886 091. Below: Local SES volunteers during a training session.
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The great nappy debate
t’s a debate that has raged for reduce their bulk. decades. Babylove, a popular brand of nappy
It turns lambs into lions and has the potential to divide the nation…it is a choice every parent must make - cloth or disposable? Here in Roxby Downs, parents fall on both sides of the great nappy divide. Environment Forum member and local father John Read chose cloth nappies for his children. “We used mainly cloth nappies, for environmental reasons,” Mr Read said. “We would sometimes use disposable nappies while we were travelling, but for the most part it was cloth. “Once you get into a routine of soaking and washing them every morning, it’s not a big job. “I even conducted an experiment with the nappy bucket water, emptying it onto my zucchini plants, which grew faster with the nappy water than with plain water. “The amount of landfill disposable nappies take up in Roxby Downs must be signiﬁcant, any ways we can minimise this have to help,” he said. Fellow Environment Forum member and father Adam Bester chooses to use disposable nappies. “Many disposable nappies are made to break down now and you could argue that you use more water to wash cloth nappies and energy through the use of the washing machine. “Either way it is a personal choice,” he said. It has long been considered that cloth nappies are the ‘green’ alternative, while disposable nappies are seen as more convenient, but advances in technology and design are blurring the boundaries. These days many disposable nappy companies are more environmentally conscious, improving the biodegradability of their product and examining ways to
in Australia, has released ‘ecobots’ nappies, which are more than two thirds biodegradable and have been endorsed by Planet Ark. Cloth nappies have come a long way too. No longer restricted to the simple square of white towelling, the modern parent can choose from ﬁtted, lined nappies in brushed cotton or towelling, with inbuilt fasteners, in a range of colours. You can even buy nappies made from bamboo, which is reported to be highly absorbent and softer than cotton. But still the question remains, which has the greater environmental impact? The disposable nappy, which makes up a signiﬁcant portion of Australia’s landﬁll? Or the cloth nappy, which uses pesticides and water to grow the cotton and then more water and detergents to keep them clean? According to a new study by the UK Environment Agency, there was no signiﬁcant diﬀerence between the environmental impacts of the disposable and the cloth nappy. “Two to three per cent of our household waste is estimated to be disposable nappies,” Director of Environmental Protection Tricia Henton said. “The alternative is to use reusable nappies. “This reduces demands on landﬁll, but reusable nappies impact on the environment in other ways, such as the water and energy we use in washing and drying them. “Both approaches create their own environmental impacts,” she said. And so it goes, the great nappy debate remains unresolved. As Mr Bester said, it’s all about personal choice.
Police news A 34-year-old Port Augusta man was reported on September 18 for exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol and was issued with a six month immediate loss of license. A 20-year-old Roxby Downs man was reported on September 19 for unlawfully on premises as a result of enquiries in relation to an incident that was reported in August, 2007. Also on September 19, in an unrelated incident, a 22-year-old Roxby Downs man was reported for exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol,
reverse without due care, fail to truly answer after police attended a minor motor vehicle accident during the early evening. Minor damage was caused to the vehicles involved in the accident. A 38-year-old man and a 46-year-old man from Roxby Downs were reported for aggravated assault on September 21 as a result of enquiries in relation to an incident that occurred in June 2007. A 22-year-old Port Augusta man was reported for driving an unregistered motor vehicle on September 22.
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Mel’s meanderings Well, my ﬁrst few weeks in Roxby have ﬂown. I am blown away by the sense of community up here, it is like stepping back into the past to a time when people really cared about their neighbours and their town. It is a strange and refreshing thing for an Adelaide lizard like me to be a part of, thank you to all who have welcomed me. I’ve been putting my nest into order, single males can be such pigs, and Mick is no exception! After four long weeks I have ﬁnally convinced him that outside the back door is a better place to trim his toenails than the kitchen table and that ﬂies, though delicious, should be dead before they enter the house. One of the ﬁrst things I did when I reached Roxby was get Mick working on my veggie bed. Growing your own vegetables is one of the great joys of gardening, even if you only have room for a couple of lettuces in a pot. I have planted peas, silverbeet and parsley. All are highly nutritious, the peas can be eaten raw, steamed or tossed into a stir fry, and the silverbeet and parsley will liven up any meal if ﬁnely chopped and stirred in after the heat has been turned oﬀ. They are also high in folate, which might be important very soon if I’m reading the signs right. Fingers crossed…..then I’ll have to make my mind up – disposable or cloth!
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Above: Page 9 of a 34 page presentation given in Roxby Downs on July 6 last year.
Push back on EIS Continued from Page 1
At the latest Sport and Recreation Forum meeting the Dirt Circuit club which desperately wants electricity supplied to its site wanted to know what was happening as the delay is holding up plans it has for future expansion. The club was told that council approval has already been given to supply power to the site, but it can’t go ahead until the EIS and Town Master Plan are released. The confusion and delay is frustrating many others in town such as the Roxby Districts Sporting club which wants to build its own clubrooms alongside the Town Oval, but doesn’t know where that oval will be in the Master Plan. Richard Yeeles said it has been the company’s consistent position that it will publish an EIS when it has obtained suﬃcient information about a proposed project and its impacts to satisfy those guidelines set by both state and federal governments. “We recently publicly indicated that one option now being considered was to undertake some processing oﬀshore. “With the aim of keeping the public informed about and involved in our planning, we have undertaken extensive public consultation ahead of the release of the EIS. “Through that process we have given indicative periods when the EIS may be published to ensure the public understands there will also be an opportunity for comment to be provided to government about the proposal,” Mr Yeeles said. “This is a very large project. “The drilling at Olympic Dam over the past two years has signiﬁcantly increased the resource estimate and proved that this is a world class ore-body. “We must develop it in a sustainable way. “We remain in the project conﬁguration selection phase and when that is completed, we will publish the EIS. “While we are not in a position to nominate a precise date for release of the EIS, our objective remains to secure the ﬁrst ore from the open pit by the end of 2013,” Mr Yeeles said. BHP Billiton’s incoming Chief Executive Oﬃcer Marius Kloppers in response to questions about the delays with the Olympic Dam EIS during an analysts brieﬁng on the 22nd of last month said the industry has seen a recent increase in capital costs. “This project is no diﬀerent. “What we are doing is we’re looking at a way to develop this asset which is intrinsically more capital eﬃcient. “Given this additional work, this work is taking a little bit longer than originally envisaged. “But to emphasise, we remain absolutely conﬁdent that Olympic Dam will be the pre-eminent supplier of uranium, underpinning much of the nuclear renaissance that is being experienced as a response to the greenhouse concerns that the world currently is seeking,” Mr Kloppers said. “At Olympic Dam, we have seen capital cost increases in the general industry, it costs more to build the same thing, and therefore it is more important to make sure that the footprint of what you build is as technically eﬃcient as possible. “What we’re trying to do is to mature a number of technologies that are going to allow us to take major pieces of kit out of the footprint of that asset and again we’re planning for 100 years here, so we want to make sure we do it right,” Mr Kloppers concluded. A spokesman for the Sport and Recreation Forum said given the delays to the EIS and Master Plan it would have been prudent of the company to notify the residents of Roxby Downs that the release date had been pushed back. “We understand it’s a massive undertaking, but everyone in town is frustrated and confused because they’re not being kept informed,” he said. THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper
Sixty years and going strong
Principal’s Journal 1947 – 1963 The first week of the Andamooka School
Above: A page from the historic diary.
A treasure more precious than opal
A genuine historical treasure will be on show at the Andamooka School anniversary celebrations. A journal dating back to 1947 has survived ﬁre and ﬂood to immortalise the daily accounts of the very ﬁrst Principals who carved a school out of the Andamooka opal ﬁelds. Within its yellowed pages are the trials and tribulations of living in a tiny mining community in the vast
Australian outback. Deaths, births, special occasions and everyday activities are enshrined in this touching and often tragic treasure trove. Over the coming months, The Monitor will showcase excerpts of this fascinating diary, celebrating a life and a school that was far from ordinary.
September 22, 1947 The school opened today with an attendance of 11 children. There are no blackboards at present, so I got Mr Absalom to nail a piece of tin to the wall. This will be painted black as soon as my goods arrive. School stationery and the Roll Book are also missing. September 24, 1947 David is able to do G IV arithmetic slowly, but can not read. He can write, but can not read what he has written. The best course, I think, is to put him in G III for most things and build up his reading as fast as possible. September 25, 1947 Only three children appear to have done any History, English, and Geography. It seems that G IV & V Physical Geog would be best, and General History of some period (the Middle Ages, perhaps). For lack of books, (which, I hope, will arrive tomorrow,) I am teaching Simple Parsing and Analysis, in English. September 26, 1947 My books did not arrive. I ﬁnd it diﬃcult to keep all proﬁtably occupied, so there is not as much work as I would like being done. They are doing an hour’s Arithmetic, and Writing, English, Singing, Talk, History, and Geography, and Drawing. They have no rulers and have not much idea of neatness which grieves me somewhat. Any teacher following me should be informed that he will need to bring a blanket with him if he comes by the express. All beds were occupied when I arrived at Pimba, so I slept on the ﬂoor of a hut. Towards morning it was not warm. The trip up does not start till after the arrival of the tea and sugar train, and if this is caught, then sleep may be more comfortable on the train than at Pimba; but I do not know what time it leaves wherever it leaves. Breakfast is required, but a cup of tea and cakes etc were enjoyed at the two station homesteads on the way. There is to be an oﬃcial opening here tomorrow night, the Manager of Purple Downs Station doing the opening, after which, according to the notice board “devotees of the Terpsichorean art will be catered for”. I regret that I have no white tie and tails.
Through hardship and isolation, drought and ﬂooding rains, burned to the ground not once, but thrice, the Andamooka School has risen like a phoenix from the ashes to celebrate its 60th anniversary this Saturday. “We’ve come a long way in 60 years,” Principal Angela Turner said. “In 1947, when the school opened it had 11 students, one teacher, who was the Principal and no blackboards, so Mr Absalom, a local opal miner, painted blackboards on tin for the teacher to use. “We are holding a 60th birthday dinner to celebrate the past, but it is also a chance for us to celebrate the future, looking towards our new beginning. “Our students have been studying heritage this term, which is often tied up in buildings. “Because we lost our buildings they asked the question ‘do we have any heritage?’. “They spoke to people in the school and the community and decided that as long as people have memories of the school and care about it, we have heritage,” she said. The birthday dinner will take place
on Saturday. Ms Turner is hoping for a large turnout, but fears the sketchiness of the school records may mean many people have been overlooked for an invitation. “We are inviting anyone who came to the school to come to our dinner,” she said. “Unfortunately, we have no records after the ﬁre, so we may have missed some, if anyone who is reading this has had an association with the school but not received an invitation, please contact us immediately. “Even if you can’t come, please send us an email with your memories or well wishes and we will display it on the night. “We will be having a heritage display, a performance by the students, speeches and a short ﬁlm. “Lyn Breuer, who has been very supportive of our school, will be there and it should be a great night for everyone,” she said. For more information or to RSVP for the 60th birthday dinner contact the school on 8672 7018.
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hen I walked from the clubhouse down to the ﬁrst tee to get my golf bag and found a 20 kilogram rock tucked snugly into the pocket, I knew I was in for a good day. The Royal Flying Doctor Service annual Golf Day and Auction is a great Roxby Downs tradition that raises money for a fantastic cause. Living in a remote area, families need the services of modern medical facilities and in times of emergency they need to know they’ll get the best of medical care. The RFDS provides that source of comfort through its ability to get patients to the best medical care within hours through the use of its aircraft. It’s then no wonder that residents of Roxby and surrounding areas really get behind the push to raise funds for this organisation. As I paid out my $20 ﬁne for ‘dumping’ the rock from my bag, local police oﬃcer in charge Sgt Scott Cheers, smiled and told me he was in for a big day as well.
He walked over and wrote out a citation for one of my partners for having a “well worn” handle. More confetti changed hands. And so it was for most of the day. It was fun. It was for a great cause. And everyone was involved. It’s one of those times you reﬂect and realise what a really tremendous town we live in. The people that so generously kept stuﬃng money into the hands of those volunteers out on the course and then throughout the afternoon and night at the auction. Items were gaining bids, in some cases well over 300% of what they were actually worth. But it was the cause. It was the need to make sure the RFDS had a magniﬁcent day. And after the counting was done more than $45,000 had been raised. Give yourselves a pat on the back. Well done Roxby Downs on another special eﬀort. The way in which big and small business came to the party for this cause is quite remarkable. Nothing was a problem. They gave their all with a smile. The volunteers including the police ensure the day was fun ﬁlled for everyone taking part. These are the un-said deeds that our volunteers commit to every year. Established in 1928 and developed on a national basis in the1930s, the Royal Flying
Doctor Service provided not only emergency medical aid to the people of the Inland, but also a comprehensive health care and community service. The development of the Inland was in many ways made easier by the presence of the Flying Doctor. Previously, serious illness or accident often meant death and the Inland holds many graves of people who might have lived had they been able to receive medical aid quickly enough. I suppose its these memories that still linger for people in our position, living and working in a remote location. It is a form of comfort to know that the RFDS is there, right behind us if needed. Its one of the many reasons we see this organisation as real value to our community. It’s as though the people of the outback have taken the RFDS under their wing, so to speak, because we may need its wings one day. Before the ﬁreworks even started, you were ﬁlled with warmth from the compassion and determination you had witnessed throughout the day by your fellow residents to make sure the RFDS coﬀers were full. As the rockets screamed above and burst into their diﬀerent brilliant hues, you just could have been anywhere in this great country, but we were here in Roxby Downs, celebrating something real special together.
Letters to the Editor Dear Editor The Olympic Dam Cricket Club believes the article ‘Players Wanted’ (Monitor 13/9/07) strongly infers that we are attempting to poach players from other clubs in the Association. We strongly deny this as (sic.) and have only spoken to any new people that have come to town and have been approached by one player from another club. As for a so called ‘gun bowler’ this is just street talk and should remain just that – rumour and innuendo unless clearly stated as that, belong in the gossip magazines not in a weekly community newspaper. Anyone undecided about the (sic.) their cricket future are welcome to ring Mick Hoﬀmann (0408827296) or Alan ‘Kanga” Woolford (0437518341). Mick Hoﬀmann President Olympic Dam Cricket Club.
Editor’s Note At no stage did the article infer any team was ‘poaching’ players. It was basically about the teams needing players. But seeing the reaction, I can probably expect a ‘bouncer’ or two this year. Editor
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Going wild at the gallery Arts matters by Rodney Mitchell
I had a meeting with Andy Packer of Slingsby Theatre. Slingsby is a new generation Youth Theatre Company dedicated to bringing theatre to young people all over the State. BHPBilliton is a major sponsor. Andy is targeting Roxby Downs for the World Premiere of their ﬁrst show. His company has gone out and bought a colourful round tent from China. The show is called the Tragical Adventures of Cheeseboy. The guy’s an artist after all. Bull or no bull, the cheeseburgers in the misadventures of Cheeseboy will be of the magical variety. Theatre magic. Not two months after the triumph of Alex Downunderland that we have the crème de crème of Youth Arts producers looking to Roxby for inspiration? The support from our major sponsors, and the enterprise of our local producers, has recast Roxby Downs as the hub for arts leadership in the Far North. Andy wants to bring Cheeseboy here on Sunday October 21 for a family session that night. We might be able to schedule a show after school on Monday Oct 22 and even spill over into another show on Monday night. Spotlight on the Presenters’ Group. It needs to crunch the numbers and see if it can be done. If the Presenters’ Group can cover venue hire, they may be able to turn a proﬁt. That proﬁt would go to the Arts and Culture Forum so they could continue to build our own home grown Youth Arts Workshop. Everything goes back into projects. Just ask Roy Fryer. He has transported a lot of his original work all the way to Roxby Downs. It is on display at the Precinct Gallery from today. Roy’s sister Noelette has worked closely with Cultural Precinct management (and your ADO) to make Roy welcome. He is a great artist, and a great ambassador. We have many people in our community who come from other parts of the world. South Africa is one of those parts. Roy’s art focuses on animals. He lives with African animals. I live in Andamooka. Talking about Andamooka and talking about living. This Friday sees the start of the Oktopal Fest. To be or not to be. This is an Andamooka revival the spirit of which we haven’t seen around here since Curtin died. We have ways of making you dance. A celebration of opal mining and beer. Not the least of which is an afternoon performance from the Red Earth Band Workshop, commonly know as The Workers’ Matrix. The Jim Shaw Wheelbarrow Race is shaping up to be the biggest physical challenge in the region. It will be a great weekend that will prove to a few doubters that Andamooka is where you run to when you want to get home safely. Book in. All thanks to Sharon for gracing us with her wonderful paintings. The comments in the visitor’s book say it all. We are proud of our Woomera connection.
The Art Gallery at the Cultural Precinct will be going wild this week, with a new exhibition by South African wildlife artist Roy Astley Fryer. Mr Fryer, whose sister lives in Roxby Downs, will be making the journey from his home in South Africa to attend a grand opening tonight. “I am interested in studying the local parrots, birds and wildlife around Roxby,” Mr Fryer said. “I am always curious to see new landscapes, wildlife and birds. “I am a conservationist and try to portray the beauty I see in nature on canvas. “Bringing people to realise conservation of species to be real.
“Conservation is the mother of all unborn,” he said. Mr Fryer is known internationally for his colourful paintings of birds and his detailed sketches of wildlife. “I paint bright colours and enhance everything I see through my eyes. “Most of my work is wildlife art in some form. “I have done a lot of donation work for various wildlife foundations and strive to make beautiful designs in my paintings that are timeless and forever adding life to the place it hangs,” he said. Mr Fryer’s exhibition, Africa and Beyond, will grace the walls of the Art Gallery until October 20.
Holiday fun for everyone The school holidays are almost upon us, but never fear, some of Roxby’s most child friendly organisations have put on their thinking caps to prevent those holiday blues gripping our kids. Little Rascals Child Care Centre will be oﬀering long day care for children aged 4 – 12. They will be able to enjoy sports day at the Lions Park, arts and crafts, cooking, t-shirt decorating, frame making and more. For more information call Bryony on 8671 1866. The Roxby Downs Area School’s OSHC program will be oﬀering attendees a whole host of enjoyable ways to spend the school holidays. In addition to a wide range of craft activities, the OSHC kids will be going to the movies, taking part in excursions and visiting the BMX track. Holiday activities at the library are always popular, with Manager Marie Trezise often ﬁnding she is hosting a full house come Tuesday mornings at 10am. “We always get a great turnout,” Ms Trezise said. “It is one of the few activities available to children during the holidays and we have had great feedback in the past from children and parents. “Each session will include a story and an activity, and we have some great craft activities planned for these holidays,”
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she said. The Community Library holiday activity program is open to children aged 5 – 13. Sessions will run on Tuesday, October 2 and Tuesday, October 9 from 10 – 11am. For more information, or to book your child a place contact the library on 8671 0660. The Leisure Centre is another place children can go to let oﬀ that holiday steam. Sport, arts and crafts, cooking, treasure hunts and more will be on oﬀer, but numbers are limited, so bookings are essential. “Our limit is 15 children per session,” Leisure Centre Sport and Recreation Coordinator, Bridget Fenoughty said. “It was very popular last holidays, so parents need to book their kids in early,” she said. For more information or to pick up an enrolment form, drop into the Leisure Centre kiosk. The Outback Cinema hasn’t forgotten the kids either with two animated movies coming to the big screen during the holidays. ‘Ratatouille’ will be playing in the ﬁrst week, followed by ‘Surf ’s Up’ in the second. Contact the Cultural Precinct for more information.
Preparations for Roxby’s Parks Alive celebrations are coming along, with plans afoot for a concert in the APEX Park on the last Sunday in October. Family and Youth Forum and Creative Communities Network member Rodney Mitchell said the concert will give community members a chance to appreciate Roxby’s great outdoors. “Parks Alive is a way for communities to celebrate parks, gardens and open spaces across the state, all on one weekend,” Mr Mitchell said. “We hope to encourage community groups of all persuasions to come to the park and have fun. “The Community Garden Working Party will be there to canvas support for the community garden project. “Some groups might want to use the day as an opportunity to do some fundraising, others may want to play backyard cricket. “Families are welcome too, just to roll up and see and hear what’s going on,” he said. Parks Alive is a state wide program promoting arts, culture, learning, health and recreation on a local level. Communities will be able to take part in events all over South Australia on the same weekend, promoting a sense of state-wide unity. For more information check out the Parks Alive website at http://www.lga.sa.gov.au/site/page/page. frm?u=1345.
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Spiritual centre of the outback Woomera’s history is steeped in exploring space, but in October it will become the centre for spiritual revival. As part of the World Youth Day celebrations the iconic WYD Cross will travel to Woomera on the South Australian leg of its nation wide journey. The largest youth event in the world, WYD is an initiative of the Catholic Church. Next year, the celebration will take place in Sydney, culminating in the ﬁrst Australian visit of Pope Benedict XVI. The Cross is the symbol of WYD. It is almost 4 metres high and originally stood near the main altar in St Peter’s Basilica. The Cross will arrive in Woomera on October 10 for an overnight stay. The following day the WYD pilgrims
will convey it around the town before attending Mass at St Michael’s church. The Cross will depart for Port Augusta early in the afternoon. Local event organiser Rebecca Haines said the celebration will be something to be remembered. “WYD is a great opportunity for young Catholics to celebrate their faith,” Ms Haines said. “The visit of the Cross and Icon provides an opportunity for people who are unable to attend WYD in Sydney to make a connection to the event and millions of young people around the world,” she said. For more information about the WYD celebrations, contact Father Brian or Rebecca Haines at the Roxby Downs Community Library. Above: Michelle Hales at the first meeting of the Red Sands Foundation.
Community – it’s not a dirty word There used to be an old saying, work challenging and rewarding, but loves most about community behind every great man is a great that there are not enough hours in development. woman. the day to accomplish all that needs “To take a seed of an idea and make
Above: Board and Forum members showing the community their progress.
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Awards were presented to volunteers who have had a major impact on community activities in Roxby Downs during the past year at the recent annual Community Conversations event. Community Board chairman Chris Schultz congratulated board members and all of the volunteers who run the town’s various forums for their hard work in progressing the town during the past year. Among those receiving awards were Sue Houlson and Karen Russell from the Health Forum and Sohpie Torrisi for her work with the newly created Adopt A Road project.
The Red Earth festival organising committee received a group award. The gathering of more than 30 members of the community at the Dunes Café were told of the great work being performed by the Outback Community Garden steering Committee. BHP Billiton was thanked for making the project happen through its donation of the land at the end of Burgoyne street where it intersects with Pioneer Drive. The company had also donated $20,000 towards the project which has received $5,000 funding through the Building Healthy Communities fund.
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Of course, that is not very politically correct these days, but with a bit of work it could be made to serve our purpose. Behind every great community are the faceless few that keep all the cogs turning. One of those faceless few in Roxby Downs is Michelle Hales, Executive Oﬃcer of the Community Board and Community Development Oﬃcer for Roxby Downs Council. Monitor readers will be familiar with Ms Hales’ name, she crops up fairly regularly on our ‘Community Matters’ page. She is an integral part of the Community Board and Forums and works tirelessly to promote and facilitate many volunteer organisations in town, and yet, as much of her work is carried out behind the scenes, many people do not know who she is or what she does. Community Board Chairperson Chris Schultz said the work done by Ms Hales saves the community’s volunteers a lot of work. “Michelle provides administrative support to the Community Board and a number of the Forums and Partnerships,” Mr Schultz said. “She also actively seeks additional funding through grant applications. “Her contribution and assistance is greatly appreciated and assists the Board, Forums and Partnerships to achieve their goals. “She actively promotes the activities of the Board, Forums and Partnerships which increases our exposure both in the local and wider communities,” he said. When asked about her many roles, Ms Hales said she ﬁnds community
to be done. “For Council I am currently managing a pilot Welcome program for new residents,” Ms Hales said. “I also write submissions, reports and grant applications, liaise with the media and key organisations in Roxby Downs and Adelaide, respond to community enquiries, see to marketing and promotion and organise events like the Outback Career and Employment Expo,” she said. More recently Ms Hales instigated and helped establish a local branch of the Cancer Council, The Red Sands Foundation. “I am extremely proud of setting the wheels in motion to establish a local branch of the Cancer Council,” she said. “I was responding to growing interest by the community in doing something locally to raise awareness and funds. “The Red Sands Foundation now has over 20 members and is going great guns. “There are some wonderful people involved in the committee and their enthusiasm is amazing,” she said. Foundation President, Helen Edwards said Ms Hales goes beyond the call of duty and provides great support to foundation members. “Michelle is always approachable and obliging,” Ms Edwards said. “She was the instigator of the Red Sands Foundation and continues to provide unstinting support. “She does a lot of behind the scenes work that nobody sees, without her things would be a lot harder,” she said. Ms Hales said the Red Sands Foundation represents what she
it happen, while at the same time letting others take ownership and run with it is very rewarding,” she said. “There is only so much I can do as an individual - it takes collective community action and responsibility for projects to be sustainable. “I get immense satisfaction when I see members of the community working together on projects and taking on leadership roles. “I often sit back and smile after meetings because people are not rushing oﬀ to go home, they stay back and talk to each other, sharing ideas, collaborating, making plans to meet later to discuss issues. “This is what community development is all about. “A strong vibrant community is built on strong networks and connections between people,” she said. “This community has the potential to lead the way in world’s best practice in environmental sustainability and community initiatives but unfortunately we are held back by lack of resources. “I would like to see more attention given to youth development and would love to see a Youth Advisory Council established as part of the Community Board as a forum in its own right. “This would give our young people an opportunity to take on leadership roles and build skills and experience. “These people will be our future Community Board members,” she said. ‘Community’, obviously a word close to Ms Hales’ heart, what a lucky community we are to have someone like her to remind us of how important it is.
BHPB goes to the market R oxby’s biggest business, BHP Billiton, went to the market last month, but not to buy a red hen.
Representatives from the Ecology Department, the Environment and Radiation Section and Community Relations manned a stall promoting energy eﬃciency and biodiversity and handed out environmentally friendly plants and products. “The community response was fantastic,” Environmental Scientist, Ecology, Phil Barron said. “We asked people to identify which plants were weed species in our area, and many of them were surprised to discover they had plants in their gardens, such as fountain grass and white cedar, which are classiﬁed as weeds in our region. “If people identiﬁed they have a high priority weed in their garden, our advice was to spot spray them and/or put them in a garbage bag, including the seed heads, and contact Olympic Dam’s Environment www.themonitor.com.au
Above: Woody the Weed at the Market with Trinity. and Radiation Section for disposal advice. “We actually have a weed bin here at Olympic Dam and will dispose of weeds people may ﬁnd in their gardens,” he said. The Energy Excellence section of
the BHP Billiton stall asked people about the kinds of energy eﬃciency programs they would like to see in the community, and advised on ways to increase household energy eﬃciency. “We had 80 people ﬁll in surveys which is a great result and, as a bonus, anyone who ﬁlled in a survey also received a giveaway bag containing energy eﬃciency hints, a wind-up torch and energy eﬃcient light bulbs,” Olympic Dam Energy Excellence Site Champion Andrew Bennet said. “The survey results were varied and gave some good feedback to the Energy Excellence team, we will be paying particular attention to the suggestions on how we can make Olympic Dam more energy eﬃcient,” he said. Mascot, Woody the Weed and the tips and giveaways were such a success BHP Billiton staff are planning another market day stall in November, this time promoting water eﬃciency on site and within Roxby Downs.
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Don’t be fooled on density Forty per cent of people wrongly believe higher density housing in established areas will lead to less or no change in traﬃc congestion, according to a new poll just released. The poll question was ‘Housing density and congestion, What’s your view – will higher housing density in established urban areas lead to more or less traﬃc congestion?’ Residential Development Council Executive Director, Ross Elliott said the results of the poll showed many people believe the rhetoric from state and local governments that higher density translates to improved public transport use. “Yes, it is quite possible public transport’s share of trips will improve with more density. “But the assumption seems to be that this will improve congestion. It won’t,” Mr Elliott said. “Even if the public transport trip share doubles from the typical 10 per cent to 20 per cent of trips, 80 percent of trips will still be by private vehicle. “So if for example a regional plan assumes that 60 per cent of future population growth of 500,000 people will be accommodated in inﬁll housing in established areas, that alone would mean 300,000 more people in established urban areas, 80 per cent of whom (or 240,000 people) will be reliant on private cars. “That’s because the vast majority of jobs in any metro area are typically in the suburbs and the changing nature of work and living habits means private vehicles will continue to be the transport form of choice. “Unless governments and other policy makers want a Stalinist approach and ban cars, the alternative is to encourage further decentralisation of employment and settlement around the edges of our metropolitan centres, and most obviously to upgrade the existing road network,” he said.
Loans a weak point in construction
he ﬁrst home lending update for the new ﬁnancial year highlights a failure to achieve a sustained recovery in loans for construction in South Australia, with the number of loans weaker again in July. The total number of loans for owner occupiers was down by 3.7 per cent in July to 5,133. Lending for the purchase of new dwellings fell by 7.0 per cent, while established dwellings was oﬀ by 3.6 per cent. Lending for construction dipped by 2.4 per cent to a level 10.8 per cent lower than a year earlier. Australia’s peak housing body, HIA, said that changes to superannuation laws had boosted June ﬁnance and then pulled down July, but
the overall weakness in lending was more deepseated than that. HIA’s Regional Director of South Australia, Robert Harding, said that with or without the impact of the superannuation situation the July housing ﬁnance update was far from super. “We have never seen weakness in lending for construction last this long. “We’re talking over four years of lending for construction tracking at lower levels.” Mr Harding said. HIA has for some time expressed concern that supply is not keeping up with demand and that unless action is taken South Australia’s homeless rate will sky rocket. “Record low housing aﬀordability is preventing a recovery in construction and is the reason why ﬁrst home buyer numbers are bouncing
around an essentially ﬂat trend,” Mr Harding said. First home buyers accounted for 12.8 per cent of the housing ﬁnance market in July, well oﬀ the 20-26 per cent range that was recorded back in 2000-2001. On a state by state basis, the total number of seasonally adjusted loans was down everywhere in July except the Northern Territory. The number of loans fell by 6 per cent in Victoria, by 4 per cent in Queensland, 2.9 per cent in Western Australia, 2.5 per cent in New South Wales, 1.7 per cent in Tasmania, and 1.3 per cent in the Australian Capital Territory. Total lending increased by 0.6 per cent in the Northern Territory
Don’t get ‘tanked’ on tanks Poor quality imported plastic water tanks ﬁlled with tonnes of water could become unstable and dangerous hazards, the Master Plumbers and Mechanical Services Association of Australia claims. The organisation has urged all Governments subsidizing water tanks to ensure rebates are only available to tanks which conform to Australian design and installation speciﬁcations. The call for tightening of rebates nationally follows recent public statements from Queensland industry ﬁgures claiming cheap, untested tanks and pumps had ﬂooded the market in the rush to take advantage of council and government rebates. Ray Herbert, Executive Director of the MPMSAA said the stampede by consumers to have water tanks installed to cope with Australia’s drought and water restrictions by utilizing substantial government rebates has led to some unqualiﬁed ﬂy-by-night installers marketing cut price installations and using cheap imported plastic tanks. “We urge consumers to purchase Australian made products from local manufacturers and to utilise registered plumbers to install their tanks to ensure they have both a safe and quality water storage system backed by a local guarantee.” People buying a water tank should protect themselves by asking the following questions, is the tank manufactured in Australia and backed by a local warranty? Does the tank conform to the Australian Design Standards? Is the person installing the tank a registered plumber? And can the installer provide oﬃcial accreditation of the installation? “Water tanks are a long term investment and poor quality tanks in the end will in many cases cost consumers more if they fail and have to be replaced,” Mr Herbert said. “Imported water tanks with thin walls can be structurally dangerous and others may have material deﬁciencies and not be suitable to the harsh climates of Australia.” Mr Herbert said that it was important the plumbing installations including inﬂow connections were appropriately designed to ensure polluted water or other matter did not enter the tank. “Water tanks should also be installed in the shade to limit the opportunity for any algae growth which can occur with excessive sunlight.” “The move by Governments to subsidise water tanks at a time of severe drought has sparked a major interest in water tanks which are now being seen as a valuable asset for homes,” he said. Roof areas are enormous catchments and even under a small carport, a tank will collect 11,000 litres of water a year. The run-oﬀ from a home roof can add up to 120,000 litres a year. THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper
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Rocks are artificial
Spring cleaning…uh! With spring in the air once again many of us are thinking of clearing the decks and getting rid of some of the year’s accumulated clutter. Perhaps a major renovation or extension is planned that requires the removal of substantial amounts of furniture, or maybe the antique dresser and dining room suite inherited from grandma will have to wait for the purchase of a bigger home. For all sorts of reasons we may have items large and small that we don’t need or can’t accommodate just now, but don’t want to dispose of. That’s where the burgeoning self-storage industry comes in. Once a niche market for diplomats or service people intending to spend long periods overseas, self storage has come into its own in recent years in response to our increasingly mobile lifestyles. Statistics indicate that on average we have more than seven diﬀerent addresses during our lifetimes. In all those moves there’s a good chance that some of our possessions will become temporarily surplus to requirements. So what are the tips for someone venturing into self-storage for the ﬁrst time?
Above all, select your company and unit in advance. Don’t wait for the trailer to be stacked and ready to go before you lift the telephone – you may ﬁnd the unit size you require is sold out. With the unit rented in advance and your lock on it, you can access it at your leisure. Give thought to packing it. The items you are not going to need for some time, perhaps until you no longer want the unit, should be stored at the back. Articles required in a few months, perhaps on a seasonal basis, can go along one side wall; things that need to be taken in and out on a regular basis should be in the middle and towards the front. It is a miserable chore digging through a storage unit, looking for the box of cutlery deposited in the furtherest corner under piles of books you haven’t read since childhood. A well-planned storage unit can be a ﬂexible addition to your home, keeping valuable and loved possession safe until the day you are ready to claim them again. For more advice on the renovations and extensions that may require you to use self-storage units visit homesite.com.au Australia’s premier home and garden website.
At ﬁrst sight it seems rather strange that there should be a demand in Australia for artiﬁcial rocks.
After all, don’t we have enough of the real thing? Why not go to the nearest quarry for your landscaping requirements rather than a manufacturer that makes them out of concrete, fibreglass, plaster – even rubber. In fact, artiﬁcial rocks have a number of advantages in the suburban garden, especially if you are planning a special feature and space is limited. Natural rocks are beautiful, but they often come in inconvenient sizes, are heavy and diﬃcult to transport. Their manufactured
equivalents can be sculpted to your exact requirements and, depending on the material, are light enough to be easily manipulated into position. In the natural environment rocks and boulders are changed and shaped over many thousands of years through the actions of wind and water or extremes of heat and cold. A faux rock manufacturer can create that effect in minutes, using textures and colouring to reproduce the weathered look. Natural rocks can contain weakness and faults. If one breaks, spoiling your carefully arranged setting, you can hardly complain to the manufacturer.
Artificial rocks are often stronger and more durable than the natural stones they imitate. In the end it is a matter of taste. There are always going to be gardeners or landscapers who look down their noses at anything which is not the “real thing”. However, for the convenience of being able to “design” a rock formation to the exact requirements of the customer at an economical price, artiﬁcial or manufactured rocks are an attractive alternative. One point to remember. Taking natural rocks from the bush may be an oﬀence in certain areas.
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Is your home getting eaten? The CSIRO paints a rather your property to keep the pests of termite – in fact more than 200 – but the vast majority do grim picture of termite at bay. Another option is a system of not attack timber and are of no infestation. Termites have been known to destroy the wall and rooﬁng timbers of a house within three months of construction and they cause more damage to homes in Australia than ﬁre, ﬂood and storms combined, and they have a high incidence of attack in virtually all urban areas. In other words, they are far from the ideal house guests. And they exist in Roxby Downs. So what can you do to ensure these miniature home wreckers don’t invade your living space? If you are building, use naturally resistant or treated timber to spoil the termites’ meal times as much as possible. The next task is to set up your defences – chemical or physical barriers in the soil surrounding
baits, luring termites into traps by providing them with a ready source of inviting snacks. A few grams of slow-acting poison are added to the traps and as they feed one another the poison is passed around until the entire nest is wiped out. If possible get to the root cause of the problem – that means locating and destroying the termites’ home nest. That may not be easy as nests can be in live trees, in dead stumps or among roots underground within a 50 metre to 100 metre radius of the building under attack. However, an attempt should be made as eradicating the problem at its source will save much time and expense in future protection eﬀorts. There are various species
concern. The most destructive is the species coptotermes acinaciformes which can be found in most parts of Australia. Another type, mastotermitidae or Giant Termite, has the greatest potential for destruction but is limited to tropical areas. By no means a complete answer, but one of the easiest and most environmentally friendly ways to control termites, is to have your own menagerie of predators on hand. Geckoes love to feast oﬀ them and ants are an eﬀective enemy – only to become pests in themselves. A chicken or two will make short work of termites, especially as they try to extend the shelter tubes they need to move around above ground.
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Beenham resigns The Community Board has a new vacancy, following the resignation of Mark Beenham last week.
Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared while swimming oﬀ Cheviot Beach near his Portsea home in Victoria on 17 December 1967. When an extensive search failed to ﬁnd him, conspiracy theories regarding his disappearance quickly spread, ranging from foul play to kidnapping. The letter featured here was written the day after the event. Mr Jay E Darlington, a lawyer from the United States, felt it was important to oﬀer his advice about what could have happened to our Prime Minister. Darlington believed that Holt’s death most likely resulted from expert sabotage, giving examples of delayed-eﬀect drugs and tampered diving equipment. In January 1968 a joint report by the Commonwealth and Victorian police concluded that Holt’s disappearance was accidental, but the report did not determine the cause of his death. It was not until 2005, when a Victorian coronial inquest found Holt accidentally drowned in heavy surf, that the myths surrounding his disappearance were ﬁnally dispelled. The history and documents are now on show at the National Archives.
PSYCHOLOGY SERVICES IN ROXBY DOWNS
Do you need help with any of the following: • • • • • •
Depression • Anxiety • Relationships • Anger • Behavioural Problems • Drug Dependency •
Problem Drinking Gambling Sleep Problems Mental Health Stress Work-Related Issues
BULK BILLED Clinical Psychological Services available Monthly visits at Roxby Downs Family Practice, Richardson Place Ph: 8671 3231 for bookings or see your local doctor for referral THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper
The traditional service clubs are well recognised for their outstanding work in the community but in recent years most have been experiencing a decrease in members. Carrying an image among younger people as outdated and boring the clubs are seen by many as a last bastion of old men. This is an image Rotary have successfully been turning around as new clubs dominated by younger (18 – 30 year olds) have started to spring up around Adelaide. Members have reported greater ﬂexibility in meeting arrangement, less formality and great networking and fun with liked minded people as their reasons for joining. This new model of ﬂexibility and an attitude of building a club around local needs and preferences is what Rotary will
be presenting at a meeting of interested participants in Roxby Downs on October 22nd “We appreciate local issues such as shift work, young families and long working hours in Roxby Downs and we are conﬁdent, backed by our recent experience that we can build a vital enthusiastic club in the town,” Warren Hobbs Membership Committee Director said. “If the positive responses we have already received from those who have shown interest is any indication we are oﬀ to a good start.” Locally focussed but internationally connected, Rotary has 32,000 clubs in over 200 countries and has 1.2 million members. In terms of contacts and support networks this opens up a whole new world when travelling whether it is in Australia or overseas.
Holt’s mysteries revealed
In a letter to the Board Chairperson, Chris Schultz, Mr Beenham said increasing business and family commitments were making it diﬃcult for him to dedicate the required amount of time to the Board. Mr Beenham declined to comment further when approached by The Monitor about his decision. “Mark has been involved with the Board for a number of years and has contributed greatly to the Business Forum on which he represented the Community Board,” Mr Schultz said. “There is now a vacancy, interested community members are encouraged to apply. “Contact Margie Anchor at the council for an application pack. “A copy of the recruitment policy can be made available if requested,” he said.
Rotary it’s not what you think
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ACROSS THE REGION SPORT
Roxby Downs Family Practice Phone 8671 3231 Roxby Downs Medical Practice Normal hours 9:00am-5:00pm Saturday morning by appointment only. Phone 8671 1900
Friday September 28th Roxby Downs Bowls Club Night Owls 8pm Monday, October 1st Karate Auditorium Colts (Age 5-12) 6pm Juniors/Adults 6:45pm Contact Tracey Fouet 0400 894 429
For immediate response if feeling stressed call 0428 326 529 to speak with a counsellor 24/7
Eyebus Woomera October 17th Andamooka October 18th Roxby Downs October 18th
EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Volleyball 7pm - 9pm
Wednesday, October 3rd Karate Auditorium
Visitor Information Centre 8.30 - 5.00 Mon-Fri 9.00am - 3.00pm Sat 9.00am - 2.00pm Sun Phone 8671 2001
Roxby Downs Community Health Walking Group for Mums With Prams every Friday morning Meet outside the Dunes Cafe at 9.30am
Thursday, October 4th Indoor Soccer Leisure Centre Social matches from 6pm All welcome Contact Kenton Maloney 0408 797 158 Roxby Downs Mens and Womens Basketball Winter Competition May - October Sports Centre Roxby Downs Netball Saturday’s Juniors Under 9 play at 9am Under 11 play at 10am Under 13 play at 11am Under 16 play at 12.15pm
Australian Breastfeeding Association Roxby Downs Branch October 19th 10.30am - 12 noon Ice, Ice, Baby - keeping your baby cool in the hot months Dunes Cafe Doctors’ New Specialised Drug Telephone Number for Medicare Use. 1800 700 270
Seniors play at 1.30pm & 12.15pm All participants are asked to be at the courts 15 min before their scheduled start
Crisis Care Counselling Uniting Care Wesley Port Augusta Regional Women’s and Children’s
For further details on Community matters call Michelle Hales on 8671 0010
Every Friday Playgroup
Every Sunday Raptors Cycling Club Social Bike riding group from 8am Contact Daryl Wake 0408 118 685 Roxby Downs Market Days October 20th November 17th
Roxby Downs Childcare Monday - Friday 6.30am-5.30pm Phone 8671 0911 for details Gym Cultural & Leisure Precinct Monday to Friday 6 am-12pm & 4pm - 9 pm Saturday 8-12pm Sunday 11-2pm Phone 86710500
Roxby Downs Community Library Children’s holiday activities Tuesday Oct 2nd 10am - 11am Story and Craft Dream Catcher Tuesday October 9th 10am - 11am Story and Craft Totem Pole All sessions include a story and activity FRor children aged 5 to 13 years Bookings essential call 86710660
COMMUNITY MEETINGS Roxby Downs Community Library Monday to Friday 8.30-5.00pm Saturday 9.00-12pm. Phone 8671 0660 for more information. Toddlers Story Time Fun for young children and mums Roxby Downs Library Richardson Place Tuesdays 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Weight Loss Support Group Tuesday Nights. Weigh in 6pm Group Time 6:30pm – 7pm In the Roxby Downs Hospital Seminar Room. 8671 9020
October 15th 7.30pm
Mt Dare Hotel Open every day 8:00am -9:00pm, 7 days. School Terms 2007
Cultural & Leisure Precinct Movies Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday (see schedule below) Phone 8671 2001
Hearing Services October 18th - 9.00am - 2.30pm For an appointment call 1800 006 303
Colts (Age 5-12) 6pm Juniors/Adults 6:45pm Contact Tracey Fouet 0400 894 429
Coﬀee Mornings for Families Meet and chat for all families. New comers especially welcome.
Roxby Downs Kindergarten Phone 86710455
Child Adolescent Mental Health Services For appointments phone 8648 5800
Tuesday, October 2nd Squash 7pm - 9pm
Mornings, Thursdays 9.30am to 11.am at the Dunes Café.
Visiting Allied Health Service Occupational Therapist Speech Pathologist Dietician Podiatrist
Indoor soccer 6 -7pm
Support Services call 1800 655 716 or call the crisis care line on 13 16 11.
Community members welcome to attend any meeting of the Roxby Downs Community Board. October 22nd - 9.30am- 11:00am Normal weight gains Roxby Downs Health Seminar Room
July 23-September 28 2007 October 15-December 14 2007 Art Gallery Exhibitions September 28th – Oct 31st Africa and Beyond Roy Fryer November RDAS Year 12 Art Exhibition RDAS Year 12 Students November 30 – Jan 6 Collectanea Various artists from the Clay Collective December Festival of Xmas Trees RD Library Desert Dirt Kart Club Saturday Sept 15th 12noon Track behind the Dirt Circuit Club All welcome.
Soul Food A unique combination of quiet live music and inspirational readings from diﬀerent faiths and deeper wisdom from all over the world.Sunday Sept 30th 11am Cultural complex art gallery
Community Board October 29th - 7.30pm Council boardroom Andamooka Octopalfest Sept 28-30th A celebration of opal and beer heaps of entertainment including the world famous Jim Shaw Ironman wheelbarrow race.
Playgroup St Barbara’s Parish School Phone Jakki 86712323
Business Forum October 31st 6.30pm
Roxby Downs Health Services Coﬀee
ROXBY DOWNS CULTURAL & LEISURE PRECINCT REGULAR SCHEDULE Cultural Precinct Visitors Information centre Dunes café Art Gallery Open Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5pm Sat - 9.00am - 3.00pm Sun - 9.00am – 2.00pm Leisure Centre Gymnasium Mon – Fri 6am – 12pm 4pm - 9pm Saturday 8am - 12pm Sunday 11am - 2pm Creche for patrons of the centre Mon –Fri 8.45am-12pm Women’s only sessions Mon, Wed and Fri 12:30pm - 3pm Aerobics Sessions Mon 9am, Tues 6.30pm and Wed 9am Page 14 – Thursday, September 2 27, 2007
Phone: 8671 2001 Fax: 8671 2021 EVENTS OUTBACK CINEMA
SPORTS CALENDAR Monday Volleyball 7pm - 9pm Karate - 6pm - 8:30pm Tuesday Ladies Social Basketball 8.45am - 10am Come-n-try Soccer 3.30 - 5.30pm Squash 7pm - 10pm Indoor Soccer 6pm - 7pm Wednesday Women’s & Mixed Netball 6-9:30pm Karate 7pm - 8:30pm Thursday Nippy Gym – Auditorium 9.30am - 11.30am Squash 7pm-9pm Indoor Soccer 6pm - 8pm Karate 6pm – 8.30pm Friday Indoor Hockey 5pm - 9.30pm
Sunday Touch Football 5pm (town oval)
Now Showing Africa & Beyond Roy Fryer Coming Soon RDAS Yr 12 Art Exhibition Pool Opening Hours (Pool Opening 1st October, 2007) General Public Mon - Fri: 3pm - 6pm Weekends: 10am - 7pm Lap Swimming Mon, Wed & Fri: 6am - 8am Mon - Thurs: 6pm - 7pm Weekends: 9am - 10am
SEPTEMBER RATATOUILLE Rated: PG Duration: 116 min Dinner is served...Summer 2007. Remy is a young rat in the French country side who arrives in Paris, only to ﬁnd out that his cooking idol is dead. When he makes an unusual alliance with a restaurants new garbage boy, the culinary and personal adventures begin despite Remy’s family’s skepticism and the rat-hating world of humans. Sat 29th 3.00pm Wed 3rd 12.00pm
Mon 1st 1.30pm
NO RESERVATIONS Rated: M Duration: 112 min A master chef, Kate lives her life like she runs her kitchen at un upscale Restaurant in Manhattan - with a no-nonsense intensity that both captivates and intimidates everyone around her. With breathtaking precision, she powers through each hectic shift, coordinating hundreds of meals, preparing delicate sauces, seasoning and simmering each dish to absolute perfection. Her life suddenly changes when she becomes the guardian of her young niece. Fri 28th 7.30pm Sat 29th 12.00pm and 7.30pm Sun 30th 12.00pm Tues 2nd
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OktOPALfest September 28th, 29th and 30th - A celebration of opal and beer Friday Andamooka School Dinner 6.00pm - Welcome BBQ @ 8.00pm - DJ Randomhero and Karaoke The Cottages 9.00pm - DJ Randomhero Sunday Saturday 10.00am - Breakfast @ The 9.00am - Jim Shaw Opal Hotel Ironman Wheelbarrow Race 11.00am - Judging of The begins Monitor’s Baking 10.00am - Breakfast @ The Competition Opal Hotel 12noon - Prestige 11.00am - Andamooka Advertising Opal Mining Mobil Keg Rolling Race 12noon - Andamooka 1.00pm - Hotdiggety Dirt Massage & Fitness Shifting Strongarm 2.00pm - Roxby Downs 1.00pm - Roxby Milk Sun Tug-O-War Distributors Minor Miner 3.00pm - Sportspower Golf Race Chipping 1.30pm - Alan “Staffy” 4.00pm - Mitre 10/Roxby Heath jeweller Fly Fishing Traders Pick Tossing Competition 5.00pm - Judging of the 2.00pm - Andamooka Hawkeye/Spargo Beer-Art Liquor Store Beer Tasting 6.00pm - Dinner 3.00pm - Broadspectrum 7.00pm - Roxby Milk Keg Tossing 4.00pm - Garry Baker Can Distributors Rave Dancers 7.30pm - Campfire for Tossing Youth 5.00pm - IGA Drinks 9.00pm Band - Ladykillers Carrying 6.00pm - 60th Anniversary @ The Opal Hotel
Jim Shaw and his wheel barrow The highlight of the Andamooka Oktopalfest is the Jim Shaw Commemorative Wheel Barrow Race which will leave Roxby Downs at 9am on Saturday morning. Jim Shaw came to Andamooka from Coober Pedy in the 1960’s. He became known as the ‘iron horse’ because of his long standing wager that no one could stay on his back. Money raised from this wager was donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and other charities. He is part of the Andamooka folk lore, for this and his feat of travelling the desert from Taree to Coober Pedy, on foot, pushing a wheel barrow, during the heat of a February summer.
PRESENTS: Live entertainment by ‘ATTILA’ plus DJ Karaoke FREE ADMISSION Friday 28th September Saturday 29th September 9pm - Late
Saturday Night Karaoke Competition - 10pm Start Great Prizes to be won Dinner Reservations Required Phone: 8672 7137
Roxby Traders Mitre 10
Proudly supporting the 2007 OktOPALfest Arcoona Street, Roxby Downs, SA 5725
Phone: 8671 0322 Fax: 8671 0338
Andamooka Opal Hotel OktOPALfest Entertainment Friday Night 8pm to late - Dj Random Hero Saturday 10am Breakfast BEER GARDEN Open all day Herbert Stauber playing Oom Pah Pah music from 3pm-5pm
Grand Final Footy Action inside NPL Poker from 1pm in Dining Room
BEER GARDEN OPEN ALL DAY 1pm-3pm - Herbert Stauber playing Oom Pah Pah music
Saturday Night KARAOKE with Lexx from Adelaide over 5000 songs to choose from
9pm - FIREWORKS
Sunday 10am Breakfast
9.15pm - LADY KILLERS LIVE on Stage
3pm-5pm - Attila Live on stage
Plus check out the full program feature in this weeks Montior
PROUD Sponsors OKTOPALFEST 2007 ANDAMOOKA OPAL HOTEL PROMOTES THE RESPONSIBLE SERVICE OF ALCOHOL The beer garden will be a glass free area with all drinks served in plastic steins/cups and cans THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper
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Monitor EMPLOYMENT EMPLOYMENT & CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES To meet the increased needs of the Roxby Downs community and to cater for future requirements through a foreshadowed township expansion, Council is seeking various people on an employment or contract basis to deliver a variety of services in the general works areas. Each position will have a primary focus but also assist across all areas of Council’s works operations. Businesses who can also provide these services will also be considered. M u n ici pal Wo r k s Offic er Directly assist our existing Municipal, Works and Asset / IT Ofcer’s in the operation of Council’s municipal works maintenance and construction programs for roads, streets, ovals, parks & gardens and waste management. Supervision of contractors, inspection and regulatory control, OH&S and risk management are key elements. Experience in works supervision, practical knowledge of plant and machinery together with sound communication skills are desirable.
Big need for child support The Child Support Agency (CSA) has been reaching out to nearly half a million families in the past 12 months, with the distribution of its Me and My booklet series to separated families and community support services. The 474,000 booklets that were handed out have been great support tools for separated families especially those in rural and regional areas who may ﬁnd it diﬃcult to access help or advice when they need it. “Separated parenting is a common experience in Australian society today and these free booklets are designed to help separated
parents ensure that their children can rely on them for the ﬁnancial and emotional support necessary for their wellbeing,” spokesman for CSA Mr Lodge said. “I encourage any family struggling with a separation or thinking about re-partnering to pick up a free copy of the booklets. “Separated parenting can be challenging, but with help and support many families deal with their new circumstances well.” The latest edition in the series - Me and My Changing Family, for parents who are repartnering - proved so popular it had to be
Electri cal Wo r k s Offic er Directly assist the Electrical Manager in the operation and maintenance of Councils electrical distribution and street lighting system including high and low voltage plant and equipment, meter installation reading and replacement and installing electrical wiring for both commercial and domestic installations and supervision of contractors. Experience and qualications in these areas together with sound communication skills are desirable
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO MANAGE NATURAL RESOURCES IN YOUR REGION? NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT BOARD VACANCIES
Water & Sewerage Officer Directly assist the Water & Sewerage Manager in the operation and maintenance of Councils water & sewerage distribution and recycling systems including maintenance of pump stations, meter replacement and reading, plumbing compliance. Experience and qualications in these areas together with sound communication skills are desirable
Natural Resources Management (NRM) boards were established in December 2004 under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 (the Act). The initial members of the boards were appointed in April 2005. The eight regional NRM boards are: • Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board; • Alinytjara Wilurara NRM Board; • Eyre Peninsula NRM Board; • Kangaroo Island NRM Board; • Northern and Yorke NRM Board; • South Australian Arid Lands NRM Board; • South Australian Murray Darling Basin NRM Board; and • South East NRM Board
For a job and person specication please contact the Council Ofce on (08) 8671 0010 or email roxby@ roxbycouncil.com.au. Applications close Monday 22 October 2007. Bill Boehm Administrator
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO MANAGE NATURAL RESOURCES IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA? NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT COUNCIL The Natural Resources Management (NRM) Council was established in South Australia under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004. The NRM Council has up to nine members, including a Presiding Member and is responsible for the provision of advice to the Minister for Environment and Conservation on the management of the State's natural resources. Suitably skilled people are now being sought to serve as members on the NRM Council. A suitably skilled person is also being sought to serve as the Presiding Member (chairperson) of the NRM Council. Collectively, these nine people must have a range of knowledge, skills and practical experience across the following areas; • primary production or pastoral land management; • soil conservation and land management; • conservation and biodiversity management; • water resources management; • business administration; • Local Government or Local Government administration; • urban and regional planning; • Aboriginal interest in the land and water and Aboriginal heritage; • coast, estuarine and marine management; • fisheries or aquaculture; • pest animal and plant control; and • natural and social science NRM Council members are appointed by the Governor on the nomination of the Minister for Environment and Conservation and the position is remunerated. Members should be willing to provide a minimum of two days per month for their service on the NRM Council. The successful applicants will be appointed for two or three year terms. Applications must be in writing on the application form provided and must include a current curriculum vitae. The State Government's policies with regard to gender balance, cultural diversity and representation of indigenous Australians will be adhered to in the selection process. Nominations close at 5:00pm on Friday 26 October 2007.
Suitably skilled people are now being sought to serve on these eight regional NRM boards. Members of the NRM boards must collectively have a range of knowledge, skills and practical experience across a number of areas covering: • community affairs at the regional level; • primary production or pastoral land management; • soil conservation and land management; • conservation and biodiversity management; • water resources management; • business administration; • Local Government or Local Government administration; • urban or regional planning; • Aboriginal interest in the land and water and Aboriginal heritage; • pest animal and plant control; • natural and social science; and • coast, estuarine and marine management, fisheries or aquaculture. Each NRM board has up to nine members, including a presiding member and is responsible for preparing and implementing a regional natural resources management plan for its region. Board members are appointed by the Governor on the nomination of the Minister for Environment and Conservation and, in the case of the South Australian Murray Darling Basin NRM Board, the Minister for the River Murray. The positions are remunerated. Members should be willing to provide an average of two days per month for their service on the NRM board. The successful applicants will be appointed for terms of either two or three years. Applications must be in writing on the application form provided and must include a current curriculum vitae. The State Government policies with regard to gender balance, cultural diversity and representation of indigenous Australians will be adhered to in the selection process. Nominations close at 5:00pm on Friday, 26 October 2007. For further information and to submit an application on-line, please visit: www.dwlbc.sa.gov.au/nrm/vacancy_system/
For further information and to submit an application on-line please visit: www.dwlbc.sa.gov.au/nrm/vacancy_system/ Alternatively, requests for Nominee Information Packs and completed nominations (by post) should be addressed to: Ms Alison McInerney NRM Support Division Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation GPO Box 2834 ADELAIDE SA 5000 Telephone: (08) 8463 6877 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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reprinted only two months after its launch, as the ﬁrst 50,000 copies were snapped up. Terry Melvin, Director of Mensline Australia, said they welcomed the latest book in the series in support of couples who have repartnered. “This booklet outlines the issues for step or blended families and provides valuable tips and strategies for managing the challenges that emerge.” To obtain copies of any of CSA’s free publications go to the CSA website www. csa.gov.au.
Alternatively, requests for Nominee Information Packs and completed nominations (by post) should be addressed to: Ms Alison McInerney NRM Support Division Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation GPO Box 2834 ADELAIDE SA 5000 Telephone: (08) 8463 6877 Email: email@example.com DEWARE011107 THE MONITOR – Your Community Newspaper
Monitor CLASSIFIEDS FOR SALE GOLF 2005 21’ caravan (Reg No YFZ482). Your chance to put it all behind you for a weekend, a week, a year. See Australia in style with this quality van with all the extras and trimmings. All as new, shower & toilet, elec/gas h/ water, RC/AC, fully insulated, custom awning and annex, Sat/TV, convertible cafe table/child bed. Expendable dbl master bed /12 volt /auto charge battery system. Simply hook on and you’re away. $76,000 Enquiries, Call Ben May 1300-629-869 or visit www.maytow. com
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Something to buy? Something to sell? Phone Regina on 8671 2683 today!
Pt Pirie & Adelaide Depots Antique & Household Removals Local, Interstate & Country Storage & Delivery Specialists
Ph: 0427 716 173 Roxby Downs À Pt Augusta À Pt Pirie
Need help with your BHPB Monthly Review Presentations or having trouble finding the resources to develop your Contractor Safety Management Framework.
Contact Wendy 0439751001
Council snippets Opal Road Landﬁll Opening Hours The Opal Road Landﬁll Opening Hours are 1pm – 6pm, seven days a week. Residents are encouraged to utilise this FREE service as the dumping of litter in reserves or lands surrounding the town attract an expiation penalty fee of $315.00 as per the Local Government Act. Dog Registration Dog Registrations for 2007/08 ﬁnancial year are now overdue. Grace period for registration expired on 31 August 2007. Therefore an $80 expiation fee can apply, plus an expiation fee of $80 for every14 days the dog remains unregistered. Rates First Quarterly instalment notices have been issued. Due date for the ﬁrst instalment is 1st October 2007. Please contact Bronnie Warren at
BUSINESS INFO Roxby Pool Cleaning and Yard Maintenance For all your pool maintenance and advice. Mowing, weeding, edging and general maintenance. Able to supply all pool equipment at competitive prices.
Contact Wayne on 0447 839 635
DIRECTORY LAVRICK ENGINEERING
• All Mechanical Repairs • New Car Servicing • Electronic Diagnostics • Tilt Tray Vehicle Recovery • Spare Parts and Batteries
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Visit us in Tutop Street call 8671 2555
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Our environmentally friendly treatment inside or outside your home or business premises can help to control unwanted insects.
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the Council on 86710010 if you have not received your notice. Water & Electricity Quarterly meter readings for Water and Electricity commenced on 24th September 2007. Accounts for the September 2007 Quarter will be issued approximately mid October. Parking Please be aware that there has been an increase in the expiation fee for parking in a bus zone, it has gone up to $73 from $47. Justice of the Peace Justice of the Peace services are available at the Council oﬃces by appointment only. The Justice of the Peace is registered for South Australia only; therefore proof of residency is required. Please contact Council front desk for further details. Rubbish Collection Residents are reminded that there is a limit of one bin per household for weekly rubbish collection and that it is the resident’s responsibility to ensure that bins are in serviceable condition with closable lids that prevent ﬂies and birds from accessing rubbish. Please be diligent as littering attracts an Expiation Penalty Fee of $315.00 – ie over ﬂowing bins. Waste Oil Disposal Council operates a waste oil collection facility at the Roxby Downs Landﬁll site. Disposal of all used motor oil at this facility is free. For Further information contact Council 8671 0010 or BSH Waste Solutions on 8671 1154. No cooking oils, coolants, diesel, or diesel blended fuels (bio Diesel) are to be deposited into the unit. This Facility is open 1pm -6pm seven days.
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Australia’s next World Cup team? What is an international soccer coach and former semi-professional ball player doing in Roxby?
Above: B Grade finals action. Andamooka took out the game to win the premiership.
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Teaching kids to play the world’s greatest game, of course. The Leisure Centre scooped the pool recently, when Kevin Merrie volunteered to run Come N Try Soccer. With National and International Coaching licences, a history as a semi-professional player in England and experience as Soccer Development Oﬃcer for Sport Waikato in New Zealand, Roxby’s ﬂedgling soccer players could be in no better hands. And they are thoroughly enjoying it, turning out in force every Tuesday afternoon to learn at the feet of the master. “Coaching soccer is something I’ve done for a living, and I really wanted to oﬀer it to the kids of Roxby Downs,” Mr Merrie said. “The young people who come out every week really want to be there and learn and I’m enjoying working with them, some of them are very good. “I’m trying to pass on basic skills. “For the ﬁrst half of every session we work on skills and drills, learning the basic techniques of soccer. “We ﬁnish oﬀ with a game, which allows them to put those skills into play. “It’s great to watch these kids develop. “When I ﬁrst show them a skill they might think they can’t do it, but a couple of weeks later they’re doing it perfectly, we’ve seen some really great results,” he said. Come N Try Soccer is ﬁnished for the term, but will kick oﬀ again with the next school term, this time with indoor soccer. “It’s great that it’s proved so popular, we may have to extend to a third session,” Mr Merrie said. “I’d like to thank Rematiptop, the company I work for, for their generosity and support, without it I would not be able to oﬀer the community this service,” he said. Come N Try Soccer is run on Tuesdays from 3.30 – 4.30pm for under 11 year olds and 4.30 – 5.30pm for 11 – 18 year olds. For more information, or to sign up for the next round of Come N Try Soccer, contact Bridget Fenoughty at the Leisure Centre.
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he RFDS Auction Day Ambrose competition at the Roxby Downs Golf Club went off with a bang, with 14 teams of four taking to the course to slug it out for the Flying Doctors.
and Brian Ferguson were the Overall Winners on the Back Nine, Andy Stirrat, Jeﬀ Giﬃn, Mark Longmire and Rick McPhee took out the Front Nine. Runners Up on the Front Nine were Zane West, Jason Turley, Peter Coombs and Paul Cuthbert, on the Back Nine, Wayne Walker, Peter Crane, Irish and Brenton McGuire. Nick Teare, Horrie Bec Penglase, D Johnson, Damien Dillon, Bunny Dryburgh Hann and Ben Grimston took out the Mixed Competition on the Front Nine and Les Rochester, Alex Barker, Vivienne Lambert and Regina Qualmann the Back Nine. The Longest Drives on the Front Nine were struck by Eddie Pearson, Andy Stirrat and Bec Penglase, on the Back Nine by Nick Teare, Brian Ferguson and Regina Qualmann. The RFDS Auxiliary would like to thank all its sponsors and everyone who took part in the day. The Golf Day and Auction raised more than $40,000 for the RFDS.
Roxby Downs Red Dunes Classic Triathlon Saturday, October 20, 2007
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Grand final results and team awards Grand final results
Roos) Runner up Best and Fairest: B grade Vickie Hockley (OD Redbacks) Under 11 Lightning (23) Best and Fairest: A grade Vicky defeated Bullets (7) Peters (Miners) Best on Court in a Grand Final: Runner up Best and Fairest: Meg Rasheed B grade Grace Hollitt (OD Under 13 Lightning (29) Devils) defeated Bullets (13) Best on Court in a Grand Final: Olivia Jansen Under 16 Lightning (40) Best & Fairest: Under 11 defeated Shooters ( 24) Bullets: Montanna Swann Best on Court in a Grand Final: Runner up Best & Fairest: Renee Rohrlach Under 11 Bullets: Julia Weltner Under 11 Bullets Coaches Award: Kate Bennett Seniors: Under 11 Bulle t s Mo st B grade Andamooka Roos (36) defeated Improved Player: Montanna OD Devils (34) Swann Best on Court in Grand Best & Fairest: Under 11 Final: Bridget Fenoughty Lightning: Meg Rasheed A grade Runner up Best & Fairest: OD Devils (46) defeated Miners Under 11 Lightning: Erika (37) Syverson Best on court in Grand Final: Asha Montgomerie Best & Fairest: Under 11 Shooters: Charlee Dalgleish Runner up Best & Fairest: Under 11 Shooters: Florencia Morago
Best and Fairest: Under 11 Meg Rasheed (Lightning) Runner up Best and Fairest: Under 11 Erika Syvertson (Lightning) Best and Fairest: Under 13 Chloe Lange (Lightning) Runner up Best and Fairest: Un d e r 1 3 P a i g e A sh m a n (Rockets) Best and Fairest: Under 16 Jacinta Haseldine (Rockets) Runner up Best and Fairest: Under 16 Alicia Rob er t s (Lightning)
Best & Fairest: Under 11 T Birds: Alison Glover Runner up Best & Fairest: Under 11 T Birds: Keisha Dryburgh Runner up Best & Fairest: Under 11 T Birds: Victoria Howard
Best & Fairest: Under 13 Bullets: Kiriana Allen Runner up Best & Fairest: Under 13 Bullets: Zoey Male Runner up Best & Fairest: Under 13 Bullet s : Louise Rohrlach Seniors: Under 13 Bullets Coaches Best and Fairest: B grade Award: Emily Daly Amanda Whittaker (Andamooka Under 13 Bulle t s Mo st
Improved Player: Kiriana Allen Best & Fairest: Under 13 Lightning: Chloe Lange Runner up Best & Fairest: Under 13 Lightning: Olivia Jansen Under 13 Lightning Coaches Award: Darcy Lindner Under 13 Lightning Most Improved Player: Shannon Swann
Best & Fairest: Under 13 Shooters: Roxanne Smirnios Runner up Best & Fairest: Best & Fairest: Under 16 Under 13 Shooters: Hannah Shooters: Kaitlin James Wurfel Runner up Best & Fairest: Under 13 Shooters Coaches Under 16 Shooters: Kathleen Award: Roxanne Smirnios Under 13 Shooters Most Comacho Under 16 Shooters Coaches Improved Player: Keira Clarke Award: Chelsea James Best & Fairest: Under 13 T Under 16 Shooters Most Birds: Centaine Casserly Improved Player: Dellie Smith Runner up Best & Fairest: Under 13 T Birds: Maddison Best & Fairest: Under 16 T Evans Under 13 T Birds Coaches Birds: Chantal Pillar Best & Fairest: Under 16 T Award: Centaine Casserly Under 13 T Birds Most Birds: Tahnee Elliot Improved Player: Alex Jansen Runner up Best & Fairest: Under 16 T Birds: Taylor Best & Fairest: Under 13 Lindner Rockets: Paige Ashman Under 16 Birds Coaches Award: Runner up Best & Fairest Under Chantal Pillar 13 Rockets: Susanna Kruger Under 13 Rockets Coaches Under 16 T Birds Most Award: Lauren Bannerman Improve d Pl ayer : Bro oke Under 13 Rockets Most Gallpen Improved Player : Susanna Kruger Best & Fairest: Under 16 Best & Fairest: Under 16 Rockets: Jacinta Haseldine Bullets: Anneka Farnham Runner up Best & Fairest Under Runner up Best & Fairest: Under 16 Rockets: Amelia Martin 16 Bullets: Tori McGauchie Under 16 Rockets Coaches Under 16 Bullets Coaches Award: Bria Martin Award: Amelia Rasheed Under 16 Rockets Most Under 16 Bulle t s Mo st Improved Player: Isobel Marshal I mp ro v e d Pl ay e r : A m el i a Bannerman
Crickets leaders back at the helm The Roxby Districts Cricket Association has re-elected its executive committee to control the coming 2007-08 season. At its Annual General Meeting Gerard Secker, Graham Warren and Damien Smith were re-elected President, Vice President and Secretary respectively while Jason Carroll has taken over the role of statistician from the President. The meeting was unable to elect a treasurer to replace Andrew Bennett and people are to be canvassed in the coming days to ﬁll the position. Anyone interested in taking on the role can contact Damien Smith on 0408806072 or Gerard Secker on 0409677619. The season is set down to start on Saturday October 13th when Rogues meet Wanderers on Roxby Downs oval at 8.30 am and Woomera host Olympic Dam at 4.30pm for a Day/Night ﬁxture. The only change to playing conditions from last season is that teams forfeiting will lose ﬁve points on the premiership ladder instead of one. A two-prong attack on the introduction of juniors to senior cricket was a resolve of the meeting with all sides strongly
encouraged to include juniors whenever they can. Damien Smith will hold a register of young cricketers keen to have a go in the senior competition. If a club is having diﬃculty ﬁlling a side they are to contact Damien Smith or the opposing captain to see if any excess players, junior or senior are available. Filling in for another club in such situations does not aﬀect your eligibility for ﬁnals provided that you are a bona-ﬁde local school student or play three (3) games for your own club in the case of a senior player. The Grand Final is set down for Saturday March 15th. Other points of interest are a tentative date of November 24th to play Copley at Woomera, the wind up Dinner on Friday March 7th and the Country Carnival which is from Monday February 18th to Friday February 22nd. There will be a mid-season break between games on December 8th and January 12th and the January long weekend is also free.
Below: Daniel Sims won football’s best and fairest for the Roxby Districts Sporting Club.
Best & Fairest: Under 16 Lightning: Alicia Roberts Runner up Best & Fairest: Under 16 Lightning: Elizabeth Gray Runner up Best & Fairest: Under 16 Lightning: Renee Rohrlach Under 16 Lightning Coaches Award: Alicia Roberts Under 16 Lightning Most Improved Player: Tegan Paull
9 Week triathlon training program Week 7 – commencing 1/10/2007 Goals : By now you should be able to cover the race distance, so we will work on training at diﬀerent intensities to build on your speed and endurance. **The Leisure Centre Pool is now open.** SENIORS MON SWIM 400m - 16 lengths (2x100m / 4x 50m with 1 min recovery) TUE REST WED RUN 3 x 200m / 3 x 600m with 2 min recovery THU BIKE 45MIN steady pace FRI SWIM 300m / BIKE 10km (consecutive brick session) SAT REST SUN RUN 30MIN easy pace JUNIORS MON BIKE 20MIN TUE REST WED SWIM 100m (any stroke) rest as required THU BIKE 15MIN / RUN 5MIN (consecutive brick session) FRI SWIM 200m (8 lengths) rest as required SAT REST SUN RUN 12MIN Are you interested in being part of a relay team, but can’t ﬁnd other participants?? See notice board at the Leisure Centre to register your interest. TRAINING TIP: Get to know the course – practice your bike and run on the race route. Be aware of traﬃc and wear bright coloured clothing if you are training at night. ****Entry forms available now. Pick one up from the Leisure Centre, Dunes Cafe, The Monitor or Roxby Physio ****
Monitoring the SA fishing scene Compiled by Peter Medhurst
The big news is ﬂowing out of the Port River. A monster 32kg Mulloway was landed by a local angler near The Birkenhead. Many other medium/small Mullies have been caught over recent weeks as well. Soft Plastics have caught a few and the ever reliable pilchard baits knocked oﬀ the rest. C ap tu re s h av e m o s tl y occurred during the evening but some have been landed during the day as well.
Salmon Trout from Sugards Beach and Beacon 19 dominate captures in the area. West Lakes is still producing bream and a few salmon trout. Blue Swimmers are within reach of dabbers from Pt Gawler north. Reports suggest they are full of meat and the bag limit of 40 is not diﬃcult to attain. The dog fence landed the ﬁrst Mullies out West.
Boaties Crayﬁshing season starts at the end of this month. Start dusting oﬀ your equipment as the early bird catches the worm or cray should we say. Wirrina Cove squid junkies reported bagging out in near record time. Some went 2kgs and the schools are located towards Normanville past the cave. Pt Victoria fishers report good captures of KGW over the past month.
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Above: Meaghan Kiely, winner of the Roxby Districts A Grade Best and Fairest. Below: Winner of the Roxby Districts B Grade Best and Fairest, Sharlene Vears.
Above: Under 16 grand final action at the weekend. For results and trophy winners, see Page 19. Below: Georgia Greenfield concentrating hard in the Under 11 grand final.
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