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Wednesday 7 July 2010

Vol. 3 No. 31


Port Augusta central to Red Cross’s Aboriginal strategy

Red Cross officially launched its Port Augusta office yesterday at 22 Jervois Street, Port Augusta, reinforcing the organisation’s commitment to creating genuine partnerships and long-term engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“The launch of the office is a significant step for Red Cross in Port Augusta, Coober Pedy, Ceduna and the APY Lands,” said Robert Tickner, CEO of Australian Red Cross.

“The office will be the hub of our work in this vast region. It will be central to community development for Aboriginal people, so they can maximise their life opportunities.”

In its commitment to supporting people in most need, Red Cross is increasing its work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Olga Havnen, Red Cross’s Head of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy said that Aboriginal people, particularly in remote locations such as  the APY Lands, are some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in South Australia.

“To be effective at tackling the complex challenges many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people face, we employ local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to deliver services - people who not only have skills in community development, but who have knowledge of their communities and the trust of their peers,” said Ms Havnen. 

Red Cross employs 16 staff in the Port Augusta region, including 14 Aboriginal staff members.

Port Augusta and Ceduna will be the first locations in Australia to deliver RespectED, a breakthrough violence prevention program adapted from Canadian Red Cross. RespectED aims to improve family and community safety by building the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to break the cycle of violence and abuse.

In Port Augusta and surrounds Red Cross also delivers community First Aid training, youth social and emotional wellbeing programs and nutrition programs that provide hands-on education around healthy eating and budgeting.

Ms Havnen added that the work being done in Port Augusta exemplified the organisation’s strategy for addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage.

“Our staff are working closely with communities to find out what their needs are and helping communities to drive and lead their own solutions. They have also built strong, trusted partnerships with other organisations, government and businesses,” she said.

Red Cross’s aim to work in partnership with other organisations and community members is evident through the new office being shared with MiB – Males in Black, Making it Better. This group of respected local Aboriginal men mentor young Aboriginal men and their families. Red Cross staff have also created strong partnerships with Pika Wiya Aboriginal Health Service, Lakeview Transitional Accommodation Centre, Port Augusta’s Youth and Early Years Parenting Centres and the Department of Education and Children’s Services.  



Regional Development Australia Far North
(Replacing the Northern Regional Development Board)
Upcoming Events

Every Wednesday Morning 11:00am

Coffee Mornings for new families to Port Augusta

Contact: Mandy Hansen (08) 8641 1444

Thursday 8 July 10:00am CST

Mining Engagement Forum in Coober Pedy 

Contact: Alice Fargher (08) 8641 1444

Tuesday 13 July at 4.00pm CST

Desert Knowledge Australia Local Produce & Sustainable Building Network Meeting

Location: Cross‐regional (via phone linkup from RDAFN office)

Industry: Local Produce & Sustainable Building

Contact: Paula Osborn, Network Development Officer

Key topic: Energy management and reducing energy use in wineries and related businesses

Tuesday 20 July at 4.30pm CST

Desert Knowledge Australia Mining Services Network Meeting

Location: Cross‐regional (via phone linkup from RDAFN office)

Industry: Mining Services

Contact: Paula Osborn, Network Development Officer

Key topics:

*        SME workshops rollout

*        Reports on Industry Expos and business outcomes

*        Upcoming business opportunities

Wednesday 25 August

Economic Development Forum in Coober Pedy

Contact: Troy Tarlo-Yautakas (08) 8672 5579


 Airservices checks navigation equipment in outback Australia

Airservices Flight Inspection Service (FIS) will visit parts of outback Australia as well as some capital cities this July checking navigation aids to ensure the safety of the nation’s flying public.

In a long-term nation-wide program the technical accuracy of over 500 pieces of critical air navigation equipment is checked on a three year rotational basis across Australia.

These routine checks of Airservices air navigation equipment are critical to aviation safety at regional and major airports, aerodromes and airstrips. 

The inspection service will carry out 35 separate routine or special flight inspections on equipment at:

WA: Perth, Pearce, Curtin, Balgo Hill, The Granities, Kalgoorlie, Clackline, Jandakot, Parkerville, Caversham, Beermullah

NSW: Tibooburra 

QLD: Cunnamulla, Thargominda, Temple Bar

NT: Darwin, Simpsons Gap, Wallaby

SA: Adelaide, Leigh Creek, Andamooka.

Equipment being tested includes instrument landing systems (ILS), distance measuring equipment (DME) and non-directional beacons (NDB) and VHF Omni Range (VOR).

Positional and navigational information is relayed from these aids to aircraft to support pilots with air navigation and airport arrivals. 

The inspections will be performed by specialist aircrew using a twin-engine Beechcraft King Air aircraft and precision equipment to collect data. 

This data is then analysed by Airservices maintenance and engineering specialists to ensure each navigation aid is operating accurately. 


Coober Pedy Police News 07/07/2010

  At about 3:15pm on 31/08/2009, Police were tasked to the COOBER PEDY Ampol Service station regarding a disturbance.  Police located and arrested a 45 year old male from Indulkana for aggravated assault and breach of domestic violence restraint order.  The male will appear at the COOBER PEDY Magistrates Court at a later date.

At about 1:20 on 11/09/2009, Police were tasked to the mobile service station regarding a disturbance.  Police located and arrested a 44year old male from COOBER PEDY for Aggravated assault and breach of domestic violence restraint order.  The male will appear at the COOBER PEDY Magistrates Court at a later date to answer the charge.

At about 6:30pm the 11/09/2009, Police were tasked to a ward street address regarding a disturbance.  Police later arrested 4 local females for aggravated serious criminal trespass and aggravated assault.  All of the woman will appear at the COOBER PEDY Magistrates Court at a later date to answer the charges.

At about 6:30pmon the 10/09/09, Police were tasked to an address on Italian club road regarding a disturbance.  Police located and arrested a 39 year old male and a 40 year old female from coober pedy for Aggravated assault.  Both offenders appear at the COOBER PEDY Magistrates Court at a later date to answer the charge.


 1 Peter Ch. 5 v. 10: And the God of all grace, who called you to glory in Christ Jesus, shall himself, after you have suffered a little while, restore you, and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 

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


     
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