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Word search Coober Pedy News Vol 3 No 11, October 28, 2009

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First Paid Ambulance Crew

Rather than a sea change or tree change, Tracey Oxford and John Olsen have opted for an opal change.
The pair has swapped life on the West Coast to become the first paid ambulance crew in Coober Pedy. This new initiative of SA Ambulance Service to support the community and Coober Pedy’s volunteer ambulance team with two career ambulance officers was launched officially on 22 October at the Coober Pedy Ambulance Station on Umoona Road.
The nine-to-five weekday service has been operating since late July, and the crew members are enjoying the work and lifestyle.

John Olsen and Tracey Oxford (front), Coober Pedy’s first paid ambulance crew, and Robyn Kingston, who lives in Coober Pedy and does the training for the ambulance volunteers in Coober Pedy, Roxby Downs, and Marla.

"The welcome has just been overwhelming - fantastic," said Tracey.
Trading work as a school canteen manager in Streaky Bay for that of an ambo in Coober Pedy has been a big change.
But with five years' experience as a volunteer ambulance officer, and a thirst for more ambulance work and a new life, she's not complaining. In fact, she can hardly believe her luck.
"If you'd have told me I'd be doing this five years ago, I wouldn't have believed you," she said. "I'm definitely loving it!"
Dust storms, and horses, cows and camels on the roads all add challenges to ambulance work in Coober Pedy, but Tracey said she was enjoying going with the flow in her new environment.
It's been a big shift for Mr Olsen too, previously a cereal farmer in Wudinna and a volunteer ambulance officer of 13 years.
"I like the challenge of working with a different community," said Mr Olsen.
"I just looked at this as an opportunity to do something different," he said. "I'm really enjoying it."
Neale Sutton, SA Ambulance Service country patient services director, said that finding volunteers to staff the ambulance during the day had proved increasingly difficult.
The daytime career crew was an exciting solution. (Cont. on page 2)

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(Cont. from page 1)
Mr Sutton said, "The new arrangement does not replace volunteers but is intended to support them in the great work they do."
"It's providing the community with surety that we can provide local ambulance services during the day.
"We've taken the pressure off volunteers. Now they can concentrate on serving their community after hours and on weekends. That's a good result for everybody."
He encouraged people interested in being volunteer ambulance officers to still apply.
"You've got a great opportunity to become part of the birth of a new service and a new era," he said. "It's a great time to volunteer."
A similar arrangement began in Ceduna in June, as part of SA Ambulance Service's commitment to adjusting services to meet the unique needs of rural and remote communities.

At the launch

Top left: Joy Palmer, representing the Catacomb Church and Coober Pedy Mine Rescue Squad
Top right: Greg Joseph, SA Ambulance Service Volunteer Health Advisory Council Chairman, from Moonta, where he is the local ambulance Volunteer Team Leader. The council advocates and advises the SA Ambulance Service on matters pertaining to volunteers.
Bottom left: Darren Underwood, one of the Coober Pedy ambulance volunteers.
Bottom right: Ali Laslett, Team Leader, Regional Health Services; George Laslett, Mental Health Clinician, Flinders & Far North Division of General Practice; Kim Nicolson, Clinical Services Coordinator at the Coober Pedy Hospital.

Sandy Lalic represented Coober Pedy CFS - not in picture.


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Tidbits 

From the DCCP Development Assessment Panel meeting 20 October

Council’s Building Surveyor Grant Riches took part in the meeting via speaker phone.
Application for Continuing land use for truck parking, Wedgetail Crescent (in an area zoned Residential Underground):
Cr Staines said she was not happy that in a previous application concrete blocks on the land were considered, but now they are not. Mr Riches said the application was about land use, not about building development.
Cr Woon moved the Building Surveyor’s motion to allow the application. No-one seconded it so it lapsed.
After further discussion it was established that the motion was only considering land use. The motion was put again, with a condition that trucks were not to be used before 7am. Motion passed.
Application for Transportable Dwelling, Carport, Verandah in Willcox Street:
Mayor Baines said, “Nothing could detract from the streetscape in Willcox Street.”
Johtan Superannuation Fund, Allotment 1946 Flat Hill Road, Coober Pedy – Application for 33m x 12m x 6m Workshop & Shed: Motion passed.

From the DCCP October General meeting

Mayor’s Report Extracts:
Plans for the Coober Pedy Short Stay Accommodation Facility are starting to progress. Senior officers from Housing SA were in attendance at last month’s Senior Officers Group meeting to assist in
progressing this much needed facility.
The architects responsible for the new airport terminal advise that this project will be going out to tender on the 20th October with a tender closing date of 11th November.
I would anticipate that a meeting of Council will need to be convened shortly after this date to go through the tenders and appoint a contractor.
I have been in contact with Environarc and we are working on being in a position shortly to apply for funding to build a new town hall. Concept designs along with a business case supporting the need for a town hall are currently nearing completion.
Steve Baines, Mayor

Environmental Health Officer Report For The Month Of
September:
Food Hygiene Legislation -
Continued updating information on food hygiene requirements and material provided by the Department of Health and other Government agencies, in particular Food Safety Programs and Food Regulations 2002 and warm water services.
Letters were written to all owners of premises inspected advising results of inspection.
The standard of food premises ranged from good to excellent with new lessees of a food premise making vast improvements to hygiene and structural standards.

Another Challenge to the DCCP in the ERD Court -
Mr C Gargasoulas is challenging the DCCP decision re his verandah development on his property in Flinders Street.

 

 


 

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Coober Pedy Police News 
At about 5:00pm on 23/10/09, Police were performing mobile driver testings around town when they stopped a 51 year old male from Port Augusta on Umoona Road, COOBER PEDY. Police were not provided with any identification from the driver so the driver was arrested for driving unlicensed and stating false name. The male will appear at the COOBER PEDY Magistrates Court at a later date.


At about 6:50pm on 24/10/2009, Police were performing mobile driver testings when they stopped a vehicle on Koska Street, COOBER PEDY. Police Alco tested the 26 year old male driver from Indulkana which recorded a positive reading. The driver was taken back to the Police Station for a breath analysis test. As a result of the test the male was reported for driving with the prescribed concentration of alcohol and breach of his learners permit conditions. The male will appear at the COOBER PEDY Magistrates Court at a later date to answer the charge.


At about 7:06pm on the 24/10/2009, Police were performing mobile driver testings when they stopped a vehicle on Seventeen Mile Road, COOBER PEDY. Police Alco tested a 37 year old female from Indulkana which recorded a positive reading. The driver was taken back to the Police Station for a breath analysis test. As a result of the test the female was reported for driving with the prescribed concentration of alcohol. The female will appear at the COOBER PEDY Magistrates Court at a later date to answer the charge.


At about 11:50pm on the 24/10/2009, Police were tasked to an address on Robins Boulevard, COOBER PEDY regarding a disturbance. Police took a report for extensive damage to a motor vehicle. Police later located and arrested the two male suspects from COOBER PEDY for property damage. Police also arrested another female from COOBER PEDY for making unlawful threats and threaten witness in regards to this matter. All suspects will appear at the COOBER PEDY Magistrates Court at a later date to answer the charges.

Scripture

Matthew chapter 6, verse 24:
You can’t be the slave of two masters! 
You will like one more than the other or be more loyal to one than the other.
You can’t serve both God and money.




 

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Classifieds

MENTAL HEALTH SHARED CARE WORKER
2 positions
Coober Pedy, Roxby Downs
PSO-2
(In accordance with FFNDGP's EBA)

The Flinders and Far North Division of General Practice is seeking to employ a full time Mental Health Worker at Roxby Downs and one at Coober Pedy. The Shared Care with General Practitioners program enables you to apply your mental health clinical skills in an environment that will promote a holistic approach to health care.
The clinicians will provide services and support to GPs, with the assistance of other mental health providers, to enhance the health and mental health outcomes of the target group amongst the most disadvantaged populations, and in Coober Pedy specifically the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander community. We are interested in hearing from mental health clinicians with qualifications in Mental Health Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, and Psychology. 

Essential minimum requirements: Degree in relevant Mental Health Discipline (Psychology, Mental Health Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work), or evidence of recent study with a view to obtaining qualifications. Knowledge and experience in counselling and Cognitive Behavioral therapy and interventions. 

Contact the Division for a copy of the job description on 8642 3166 or by email to andrea.triggs@flindiv.com.au.

Applications close November 6th 2009


Aboriginal Health Worker
Coober Pedy
DGP-3
(In accordance with FFNDGP's EBA)
The Flinders and Far North Division of General Practice is seeking to employ a full-time Aboriginal Health Worker at Coober Pedy. An Aboriginal Health Worker is a person who through education and experience is able to effectively work with Aboriginal people. The Aboriginal Health Worker will assist patients in accessing the mental health services being provided through the program. This includes, but is not limited to the Aboriginal Heath Worker providing culturally appropriate counselling. The Aboriginal Health Worker will be invaluable in assisting with the provision of culturally appropriate services, and ensuring the delivery of the Rural & Remote Areas Mental Health Funding program and services in Coober Pedy and surrounds (Mintabie and Oodnadatta)
This position will work closely, and under limited direction from the Youth Mental Health Worker and Mental Health Clinician. 

Essential minimum requirements: Certificate III (Aboriginal Primary Health Care) or equivalent. 

Contact the Division for a copy of the job description on 8642 3166 or by email to andrea.triggs@flindiv.com.au.

Applications close November 6th 2009



 



 



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Church Meeting Times


Catacomb (Anglican)
Sunday 9.30am
Catholic
Saturday 6.30pm
Sunday 10am
Coober Pedy Revival
Fellowship
Sunday 10.15 am, 7 pm
Wed 7.30 pm
Coober Pedy Brethren
Sunday 10am
Coober Pedy Christian
Home Church
Sunday 3pm
Ph 0417 814 559 or 0408 890 280
Coober Pedy Community
Church - Assembly of God, Paxton Rd
Sunday 10:00 am
Wednesday 7:00 pm
Friday Prayer Meeting: 7:30pm

Coober Pedy Opal Fields Golf
18th October 2009
Today turned out to be a lovely day for golf and most enjoyable for all who turned up. The main competition for the day was a stroke and for a bit of fun there was a side competition going to see who could get the most tee shots landing on the fairway - hence the comp was aptly named "fairway ticks". Believe me one minute your ball is on the fairway and everything is looking great for you to add a tick to your score, only to have it hit an 'obstacle' and go sideways off the fairway. Well the winner of the "fairway ticks" was Mijo Markovic with 14 ticks out of an 18 hole course. Well done! However looking at the some of the other scores there were a few that were hot on his tail with 13's and 12's so a good day's golf was had by all. 
The main event for the day was the stroke and Mijo and Robert won that event - well done.
Meanwhile Bob Markovic and Bev Staines were fighting it out for the von Bertouch Handicap Trophy. By the time the first nine holes were over Bev was leading by one hole. She then managed to get holes 10 and 11 but it was neck and neck with evens on the next three holes when Bob won hole No. 15. No. 16 was even with Bev just managing to scrape though and win No. 17 hole, thus making it impossible for Bob to beat her. They both had their chances but luck quite often plays a part in this game too. Congratulations Bev. There is always next year Bob. 

Bev Staines sinks the putt and wins the von Bertouch Handicap Trophy




Scripture

Matthew chapter 6, verse 24:
You can’t be the slave of two masters! 
You will like one more than the other or be more loyal to one than the other.
You can’t serve both God and money.

 




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