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Cannabis Operation Busted
From the AdelaideNow story by Amy Noonan, Police Reporter, March 23, 2010
A CANNABIS supply operation to South Australia's Far North and the APY Aboriginal lands has been broken by eight arrests.
Assistant Commissioner Graeme Barton said that during a series of arrests by Port Augusta police, which began about a week ago, police had seized 4kg of cannabis and $11,000 cash.
"We think that by busting this group of drug sellers the cannabis on the APY Lands has dried up," Mr Barton said.
Following an 18-month investigation, police arrested a Callington man in Callington yesterday. This was the last of eight arrests in an alleged drug ring financing and supplying cannabis to Mintabie on the Northern Territory border every five to seven days.
All of those arrested are Caucasian.
They include a permanent Mintabie resident, two transient men living in Mintabie, a Callington woman arrested in Coober Pedy and men from Andamooka, Mt Barker and Christie Downs, all arrested at their homes over the past few weeks.
Police will allege Mintabie was used as a central point to distribute cannabis to Western Australia and the NT, adding that intelligence showed nearly 2kg of the drug was being delivered to the town every five to seven days.
From the issue of February 17 until further notice, the Coober Pedy News is being produced in the Philippines. All communication during this time is by email, and if necessary, mobile phone +639392895534 in the Philippines. Pint sized pool boy From the http://news-review-messenger.whereilive.com.au story by Katelin Nelligan
TEN years ago pint-sized Nathan Nemes headed to the Opal Inn pub in Coober Pedy after school to play eightball.
"The old guys sitting at the bar used to cheer me on, especially when I'd play one of the other older blokes," Nemes, 17 recalls. My dad used to work at the pub, so I'd rush home, change out of my school clothes and head straight there to practise for a few hours."
Nemes, of Parafield Gardens, has just been named as the youngest South Australian to represent Australia at the World Eightball Championships in London in June.
"I was only about three when I first picked up a pool cue. Mum and dad would help me and I would have to play my shots standing on a chair because I couldn't reach."
By the age of seven, Nemes had started playing competitively and by 2003, when he moved to Adelaide, he was
the under12 State Champion, a success that led to him enjoying the game even more. But to make it to his first World Champs, he needs the community's support to raise $6000.
Word search 10302 OZ Minerals extends its reach to share benefits with the APY Lands
OZ Minerals has commenced a mining job training program, with guaranteed employment upon successful completion, with the people of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. The APY Lands are an Aboriginal Land Rights Act area in the North West corner of South Australia.
The "PEP6" pre employment program, OZ Minerals sixth such program, is available to the residents of Iwantja, Mimili, Kaltjiti, Pukatja and Amata communities. An induction will be held for the 19 selected students at Umuwa, the administrative centre of the APY Lands. With support from OZ Minerals staff, students from these communities will participate in nationally accredited TAFE modules; Certificate1, Resources and Infrastructure - Operations and Certificate 2, Metaliferous Mining and Operations - Open Cut. Successful graduates, who reach specified criteria in relation to health and fitness, will be offered employment at OZ Minerals Prominent Hill Mine. "To our knowledge, no mining company has ever offered a training program in the APY Lands with guaranteed employment outcomes," explained Mick Wilkes, Executive General Manager Operations. The APY Executive, the governing body on the Lands, has endorsed the pre employment programme, and visited Prominent Hill in December to view the site, and speak to indigenous employees about their experiences at OZ Minerals.
The 2009 pre-employment program involved the local Antakarinja community and was very successful, placing seven people in full time employment.
"We want to continue to provide regional support and aim to employ as many local and indigenous people as possible. This helps build a loyal, engaged, and culturally adept workforce, and supports the local people and their communities", added Mick.
PEP6 is championed by OZ Minerals Prominent Hill. Partners assisting with the program include TAFE SA Regional, TAFE Aboriginal Access Centre, Port Augusta, Complete Personnel, and Bungala Aboriginal Corporation. Some funding has been provided by the Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), under the Training Initiative for Indigenous Australians in Regional and Remote Communities (TIFIARRC) initiative.
The students will study in their home community, in small groups, receiving online lessons supported by resident TAFE lecturers. They will also visit Prominent Hill mine for familiarisation, on-site classroom activities, and live work experience.
The PEP6 is scheduled to conclude on 8 October 2010. OZ Minerals has previously run five pre-employment programs, inwhich 42 local and regional people were trained, 31 of whom are still employed on-site at Prominent Hill.
Coober Pedy Police News
At about 8:05pm on 07/03/2010, Police were performing mobile driver breath test stops when they conducted a vehicle stop and spoke to a 33 year old male from Port Augusta. Police Alco tested the male which recorded a positive reading. Further checks revealed the male was disqualified from holding a driver's license. Police then conveyed the male to the COOBER PEDY Police Station for a breath analysis test and as a result the male was arrested for PCA and Drive Disqualified. The male will attend at the COOBER PEDY Magistrates Court at a later date to answer the charges.
At about 10:20pm on 07/03/2010, Police attended a Stuart Terrace address in regards to a domestic disturbance. Police arrested a 60 year old male for assaulting his wife and conveyed the male to the COOBER PEDY Police Station. The male was charged and will appear at the COOBER PEDY Court at a later date to answer the charge.
At about 9:40pm on 08/03/2010, Police were tasked to a disturbance on Roberts Street involving people arguing and possibly fighting. On arrival police were confronted by a 44 year old male from Amata holding rocks and threatening to throw them at police. Police arrested the male for Carry Offensive Weapon, Assault Police x 2 and Breach of Bail. Police conveyed the male to the COOBER PEDY Police Station and charged him. The male will appear at the Amata Magistrates Court at a later date to answer the charges.
At about 4:15pm on the 05/03/2010, Police were performing mobile patrols along Stuart Highway when they stopped a 40 year old female from Callington SA. Police located 4 pounds of marijuana hidden in the vehicle. Police arrested the female and conveyed her to the COOBER PEDY Police Station. Police charged the female with trafficking Cannabis and she will appear in the COOBER PEDY Magistrates Court at a later date to answer the charge.
Word search 10303 In a Media Release on 23 March The National Farmers’ Federation said that families & natural justice are suffering as property righare being usurped.
"A CLANDESTINE campaign is eroding rights as Australian governments usurp property through regulation, leaving property owners stranded and out-of-pocket," National Farmers' Federation (NFF) President David Crombie declared.
"Farmers' property rights are being stripped away due to government land and water decisions. Full and adequate compensation ought to be a given where property rights are compulsorily acquired, regulated or where practices above and beyond a normal duty of care are imposed. "Farms, like any small business, need surety over property to make sound long-term decisions about their operations, but governments are shifting the goal posts so much that once grey areas are now pitch-black." In lodging a comprehensive submission to the Senate Inquiry into Native Vegetation Laws, Greenhouse Gas Abatement and Climate Change Measures, Mr Crombie says "we're stuck in a quagmire of uncertainty over the legitimate use of our resources as successive governments - state and federal - conspire to deny us the very tools of our trade". "For instance, with the federal government ratifying the Kyoto Protocol, land-clearing bans imposed by state governments after 1990 have seen farmers foot the bill for Australia's carbon reductions. The federal government is receiving a $4 billion windfall on the back of farmers not being able to farm their properties. "The upshot? This is a backdoor tactic for the federal government to assume tenure over private property, extract a massive benefit for itself and impose the double-whammy of denying farmers the ability to earn income from land use… all without paying proper compensation to the land owners. "It's a perfect scam where state and federal governments use their respective powers in concert to effect property takeover but avoid paying 'just terms' compensation. Enough is enough. "There are those who would pit farmers against environmental needs in this debate. This is a red-herring to distract from the core issue. In fact, farmers have a proven record in environmental land care, spending $3 billion a year on natural resource management, with over 94% of Australian farmers proactive in sustainable farming. They also plant over 20 million trees a year purely for conservation purposes.”
"So, we're not saying "let us do what we like and just chop down trees", we're saying "if you're going to prevent us from farming land and using resources we own, then proper recognition and compensation is fundamental"." The NFF is calling for legislative changes, market-based drivers for compensation, a Public Benefit Test on government regulations, analysis of international agreements and their impact, and securing tenure over water property rights. The NFF's submission is available online at: http://www.nff.org.au/policy/submissions.html Hawks Nest access deed extended by Defence for a further 6 month period. Western Plains Resources Limited (ASX:WPG) in referring to its ASX announcement of 27 January 2010 in which it advised that the Department of Defence had renewed the Company's deed of access for exploration at Hawks Nest for two months now advises that Defence has a agreed for a further six month extension which is the normal term for access to exploration projects in the Woomera Prohibited Area. The extended access period now expires on 31 August 2010.
Proverbs Chapter 28, verses 4 & 5: If you have no regard for the law, you are on the side of the wicked; but if you obey it, you are against them. Evil people do not know what justice is, but those who worship the Lord understand it well.