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Western Plains Penrhyn Coal Drilling Program Starts. Drilling commenced at the Penrhyn coal project area some 40 kilometres south west of Coober Pedy on 12 March.
The Penrhyn deposit has been tested by limited drilling only in the past. It was discovered in 1995 as part of the South Australian Exploration Initiative and was subsequently explored by the SASE joint venture. The deposit lies within the Arckaringa Basin and the quality of the sub-bituminous coal is reported to be generally similar to other Arckaringa Basin coals, such as Lake Phillipson. The Penrhyn trough is 25 kilometres long by 5 kilometres wide and drilling byPIRSA (formerly known as MESA) has shown
that the deposit contains up to four major and several minor coal seams that in places make up a cumulative thickness of up to 15.5 metres.
The relatively flat lying coal seams lie at (Cont. page 2)
From the issue of 17 February until further notice, the Coober Pedy News is being produced in the Philippines. All communication during this time is by email, and if necessary, moblie phone +639392895534 in the Philippines.

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Penrhyn Coal Drilling program (Cont. from page 1)
depths ranging between 70 and 130 metres beneath a 60 metre thick sequence of Eromanga Basin sediments and surficial cover. The exploration target at Penrhyn is in the range from 250 to 350 million tonnes of coal. This exploration target is based on the currently available drill hole and coal quality data and is conceptual in nature. There has been insufficient exploration to define a coal resource, and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in the determination of a coal resource.
The extent of previous drilling and the locations of the holes now being drilled at Penrhyn are shown in Figure 2. Past holes have focussed on defining the coal basin along its length, but there have been no holes drilled to test its continuity across the basin which is the objective of the current program.

EL 3336 that contains Penrhyn is not thought to be in a high investment risk part of the Woomera Prohibited Area, though confirmation of this awaits the release of the Commonwealth’s whole of government review of exploration and mining inside the WPA. WPG does not know when this will be released.

WPG sees Penrhyn as potentially an ideal feedstock for one of the emerging clean coal technologies that will increase the specific energy (“calorific value”) and reduce the moisture content of the run of mine coal. This could lead to a new export coal industry. There are other potential applications, including coal for a mine mouth power station to add value to iron ore from the Hawks Nest magnetite deposits through the production and marketing of a merchant pig iron.
Western Plains Resources shares rose by 9 cents yesterday (up 14%), and by another 5 cents this morning.

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Innamincka, Coongie Lakes and Lake Eyre status update
Visitors planning a trip to Innamincka, Coongie Lakes or Lake Eyre over the Easter break and school holidays are advised to seek further information before travelling to these areas.
Many parts of Innamincka and Coongie Lakes may be closed due to flooding, and at this stage it is too early to tell if floodwaters will reach and fill Lake Eyre.
Below is the current status for these locations.
Innamincka Regional Reserve and Coongie Lakes
Innamincka and Coongie Lakes visitor sites will not be open over Easter due to flooding in the area.
Coongie Lakes National Park will be inaccessible until at least July.
Ongoing rain that has fallen around Innamincka and floods in the upper catchments of Cooper Creek have flooded all visitor sites along the Cooper Creek at Innamincka Regional Reserve.
At this stage, the Innamincka Causeway will be closed until at least late April.
All visitor sites along Cullyamurra, 15 Mile (including Policemans, Ski Beach and Minkie campgrounds) and the Innamincka Town Common will be unavailable for use.
Accommodation will be open within the Innamincka township but access to park visitor sites, including the Burke and Wills sites, will be closed.
Once floodwaters have receded, sites will only be reopened when they have had a chance to dry out and flood damage is repaired.
For current information, contact DEH¡¦s Innamincka office on (08) 8675 9909 or www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/sanpr/innamincka/innamincka-status.html
Visitors can check road conditions at www.transport.sa.gov.au/quicklinks/northern_roads/northern.asp or on 1300 361 033.
Three night games for Saints in 2010
Coober Pedy Football Club Treasurer Mark Bell advises that the Saints have been allocate four home games this season.

Isaiah Chapter 53, verses 8 & 9: 
He was arrested and sentenced and led off to die, and no-one cared about his fate. He was put to death for the sins of our people. He was placed in a grave with evil men, he was buried with the rich, even though he had never committed a crime or ever told a lie.

Chad Oldfield Election March 20 advertisement.

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Indigenous Land Use Agreement Negotiations
Wirangu # 2 Native Title Claim Area
NOTICE is given of a community meeting to be held at the Sports Club, Streaky Bay, Wednesday 24 March 2010 at 11:00 am.
What is the purpose of the meeting? The purpose of this community meeting is to commence Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) negotiations. The ILUA negotiations will be in relation to fishing and local government. Various parties are scheduled to attend the meeting, including Legal Officers from South Australian Native Title Services (SANTS) and the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT).
The aims of this community meeting include:
- Explaining ILUAs to the community. The NNTT and SANTS will present information on ILUAs
- Subject to sufficient representation, passing resolutions regarding the commencement of ILUA negotiations. This includes electing one or two negotiation committee/s to participate in subsequent negotiations, which are scheduled to commence on 25 and 26 March 2010.
Who should attend? All persons who hold or may hold native title in the Wirangu #2 Native Title claim area (mapped below) are invited to attend.
For further information, or, to register your interest and/or attendance, please contact Kellie Dutton, South Australian Native Title Services, Phone (08) 8110 2800 or Freecall 1800 010 360. Please note that if you require assistance to attend, please call Kellie Dutton no later than 18 March 2010.




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