Weekly on Wednesday online-only News for the Coober Pedy Region
Contact Previous Issues TV, Radio Programs 5-day Weather Forecast for Coober Pedy 512km composite Woomera Radar Loop
Wednesday 21 July 2010
Vol. 3 No. 33
Crushing Operations Commence – Cairn Hill
South Australian miner and resources developer, IMX Resources Limited (ASX:IXR)
announced yesterday that crushing activities commenced at it’s Cairn Hill operation
55 km south-east of Coober Pedy lastSunday.
The Cairn Hill crushing circuit consists of mobile primary and secondary crushing units with
a product stacker. The equipment is owned by Exact Mining Services and its operation
forms part of the Cairn Hill Mining Services Contract.
Ore processing consists of crushing ore to a sub 40mm product for direct shipping via Port
Adelaide to the processing plant at Bayuquan in Liaoning Province, NE China.
Exact Mining Services – Mobile Primary and Secondary Crushing Units
(Photo from IMX website)
IMX Managing Director Duncan McBain said, “The successful commissioning of the crushing
circuit and now the commencement of crushing is the next key milestone in Cairn Hill
“The project continues to be on schedule to commence shipping operations in Q4 2010”.
Crusher Stacker and Crushed Ore Stockpile (Photo from IMX website)
OZ Minerals Board of Directors announced in an ASX Press Release on 15 July that it has approved the development of an underground mine to complement the open pit mining operations at Prominent Hill, 130 km south-east of Coober Pedy.
The underground project feasibility study has confirmed the technical and economic viability of mining the Western Copper satellite deposit. The decision to proceed has been able to be made in light of the decision to retain the existing taxation and royalty arrangements for copper producers.
The underground project will commence immediately with the mobilisation of a contractor for the development of the ventilation shafts. Mine development will commence in October with first ore to be mined in the last quarter of 2011 and full production scheduled to be achieved in the second half of 2012.
The higher grade ore from underground is expected to contribute an average of 25,000t of copper and 12,000oz of gold production each year. This will allow the operation to maintain levels of production close to those currently being achieved over the current life of the Prominent Hill open pit.
Mining will be via sub-level open stoping techniques. Geotechnical assessments indicate above average conditions for development and stoping operations. Figure 1 illustrates the mine layout.
The predominantly chalcocite-bornite ore has similar metallurgical characteristics to that in the open pit and the material can be blended with the open pit feed for processing.
Expected pre-production expenditure on the project is $135 million and anticipated C1 costs of production are competitive at less than US$1.25/lb.
OZ Minerals Managing Director and CEO, Terry Burgess said, "We are very pleased to be commencing the Western Copper project which is a new phase of the Prominent Hill project. In developing this underground mine we are continuing to maximise the value we extract from Prominent Hill. The Western Copper project is a high grade Resource which will increase production from Prominent Hill. It also gives us a better platform from which to test the prospective near mine environment with underground drilling in order to further increase the known Resources."
The project is based on the Minerals Resources and Ore Reserves shown in the table below.Based on the experience with delineation of the Western Copper deposit it is expected that infill drilling will prove up sufficient mining inventory to support a production rate of 1.2Mtpa for up to 5 years. The Western Copper deposit remains open along strike to the east.
The Prominent Hill area remains highly prospective for the discovery of further resources both near the existing mine and in the broader 7,000km2 region.
The approval of this project is important as it establishes an underground operation which will provide a platform for underground exploration - including within and below the Western Gold Resource and below the open pit - and for the potential development of these areas in the future. Figure 1 shows the selected drilling results in the area between the open pit and the Western Copper Underground Mine.
The Company is spending $20 million on near mine and $20 million on regional exploration in 2010, with the aim of discovering further Prominent Hill-style deposits.
All requisite government approvals for the project have been received.
Tidbits (From the DCCP July Agenda)
the 1st of July I travelled to Adelaide,
accompanied by the chairperson of the
governing council Sandy Lalic, to meet with Minister Jay Weatherill and
Chief Executive in order to seek some resolution to the ongoing inquiry into
principal at the school.
a result of our meeting the Minister promised to come to a decision as to the
of the principal within the week. That decision has now been made and as a
Mrs Lewis will not be returning to the Coober Pedy Area School.
Ron Platt has accepted the position of Acting Principal for the remainder of the
school year, in the interim DECS will apply an above average amount of effort
attracting the right person for the permanent position prior to the start of the
year. I sincerely hope that this decision will enable the community to move
and will provide stability at the school. I ask that in your discussions with
members that you stress the need to now support the students,
and staff at the school. It is extremely important that the community now
forward and focus on the best interests of the students as we approach the
half of the school year.
airport is nearing practical completion with most things finished and ready for
There have been a few small problems along the way that have caused
to the completion date but most of these have now been rectified. The only
issue is the quality of the floor finish but it is anticipated that this will
be rectified within the next fortnight.
expect to have the official opening on Saturday the 18th
September and the
Ministers have been extended an invitation. It was agreed that the opening
take place on a Saturday after I received requests from community members
who worked during the week but wished to attend the official opening.
Steve Baines, Mayor
Works Department Report For The Month Of June 2010
From: Jan van der Merwe, Works Manager
A future plan of action for sealing is envisaged for the new financial year and will
be finalised after priorities for budget purposes have been taken into
The defects of “Tram Lines” on new seal roads are being investigated to solve
General road patching around town is continuing.
This activity is carried out Monday and Friday in Hutchison St, on Council
property and roads where necessary.
Watering is only conducted on private property by request where cost recovery
Work order requests are being dealt with, time permitting.
The street sweeper does a run along Hutchison Street each Monday, weather
permitting. A street sweeping contractor from Adelaide is passing through town
in the middle of July and might demonstrate how his sweeper works on one of
It is contemplated doing test sections with additives to the water to suppress the
dust on the dirt roads.
DOG AND CAT MANAGEMENT
Cats Destroyed 16
Dogs Impounded 11
Dogs to New Owners 0
Dogs Returned to Owners 2
Dog/s Still in Pound 4
Dogs Destroyed 5
Construction material was carted in from Tiger Park area for the construction of
the airport car park and the by-pass road for miners use in the near future.
Work has started on the new parking area and should be finished by the middle
Alliance Airlines - F50’s have landed quite a few times and will continue to do so
over the next few months. Bryan O’Neill, Alliance Airlines Co-ordinator, has
inquired if and when the parking area to accommodate larger aircrafts was going
to be extended. They are planning to land three planes on some days early next
The passengers stay overnight and leave early the next morning.
& DISTRICTS FOOTBALL League
13, 17th July 2010
25th anniversary game for Roxby Districts
Kain Zeptner’s 50th game
Roxby Districts 24 goals 19 behinds 163 points defeated Coober Pedy 6
goals 7 behinds 49 points
Best players for Roxby Districts 1st K Zeptner 2nd
S Crafter King 3rd T Roberts 4th R Prosser 5th
Goal scorers for RD R Prosser 6 goals T Roberts 5 goals J Watson 4 goals
K Zeptner 3 goals
M Esposito 2 goals J Telfer L Devlin J Roberts D Hannan 1 goal each
Best players for CP 1st Z McKenzie T Wildy 3rd
Shams N 4th S Cooper 5th B Warren
Goal scorers B Warren 2 goals T Hannes S Cooper Z McKenzie B Buller 1
Andamooka 12 goals 9 behinds 81 points defeated Hornridge 9 goals 9
behinds 63 points
Best players for Andamooka 1st D McDonald 2nd A
Schiller 3rd D Reid 4th J McKenzie 5th T Paull
Goal scorers T Paull 3 goals A Moss J McKenzie D Vanzatti 2 goals each L
Saunders J Barnes P Ross 1 goal each
Best players for Hornridge 1st P Rhodes2nd N
Tuthill 3rd M Blackie 4th D Male 5th D McEvoy
Goal scorers T Golding 3 goals B Grimston B Kelly D Male R Price C
Rainsford P Rhodes 1 goal each
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
HEALTH WEEK 19-25 JULY 2010
balanced diet is one of the most important things you can do for your health and
wellbeing at any age. Yet more than
half of Australian adults don’t pay enough attention to diet and exercise to
avoid medical problems later in life. It’s
no different for Australia’s veteran community.
Health Week, 19-25 July, is an
opportunity for veterans, war widows, widowers and their families to learn about
healthy eating. This year’s focus is
on nutrition – encouraging members of the veteran community to think about
their health and wellbeing and consider making positive changes to their diet to
live a stronger, healthier and happier life.
of Veterans’ Affairs has partnered with ex-service organisations and community
groups to develop a program of Veterans’
Health Week activities at a local level.
A variety of fun and
interactive events will be held around Australia. These include fresh food
markets, celebrity chef demonstrations, BBQ cook offs, nutrition expos, organic
gardening, even Indigenous food exploration.
Cooking and preparing
healthy food doesn’t have to be a chore and it’s never too late to learn new
techniques and recipes.
I encourage all veterans
and their families to make a healthy change, take part in Veterans’ Health Week activities in your community and make good
nutrition an essential part of your life.
To find out about
activities in your area visit www.dva.gov.au
or contact your nearest DVA Office on 133 254 (for metropolitan callers) or 1800
555 254 (for non-metropolitan callers). Northern Territory callers please call
1300 551 918.
Alan Griffin MP
Minister for Veterans’
Minister for Defence Personnel
All past students and staff of Dromana (Victoria) Primary School 184 are invited to
its 150th birthday celebrations on the Labour Day weekend next year.
It is also the township's 150th so the town will be a hive of activity from Friday, March 11 to Sunday, March 13.
School activities will include a Back to Dromana Primary School, roll call, supper
dance, photos by decade, barbecue lunch and much more.
Further information can be obtained by phoning Ray Robertson, Bruce Mesley or Liz
Ashton at the school on (03) 5987 2367 or from the school's website
dromanaps.vic.edu.au which will be updated regularly.
We are a small community group in Jamestown in the Mid North of South
Australia. As, with all small rural towns, we have been doing it hard,
so we have decided to undertake a Mural Festival to be held in 2011
here in Jamestown. Our first step is to find a 2-4 line poem for
interpretation by all artists who put in an entry for the Mural Festival.
That is where we would like to invite your readers to write a 2-4 line
verse on "Community - Vision, Hardwork and Determination" and send it
to PO 342 Jamestown SA 5491.
Entries must be received by Friday 17th September; the winner will be
announced at our official Mural Festival launch on Sunday of the
October long weekend. The competition is open to everyone young, old,
poet or not.
Further information available by calling Leanne 08 8664 0897 or
June 08 8664 1320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers available to help low income earners complete their tax returns
(Information supplied by the Australian Government Australian Taxation Office)
The ATO’s free "Tax Help" program is back for another year, offering assistance to low income earners to complete their tax returns.
Tax Help is a free, confidential service with over 1,300 trained community volunteers offering help and guidance.
Tax Commissioner Michael D’Ascenzo said the program is available to people with straightforward tax matters, especially those preparing a tax return for the first time.
"The volunteers are available to help people prepare and lodge their tax return and understand what can be claimed as a tax deduction and how to claim it," Mr D’Ascenzo said.
This year more Tax Help centres will be able to lodge returns electronically usinge-tax, meaning their returns are processed even faster.
"The volunteers and Tax Help centres are doing a wonderful job assisting those in the community most in need of help with their tax return," Mr D’Ascenzo said.
You are eligible for Tax Help if you are:
This successful program has been running for 22 years, with over 64,000 people using the Tax Help service last year.
Tax Help is available from July to October in all capital cities and several country towns across Australia.
If you are not sure if you are eligible or you want to find out how to contact your nearest Tax Help centre, phone the ATO on 13 28 61. For more information visitwww.ato.gov.au/taxhelp
double brick modern 3-bedroom home
living area, air conditioned, modern kitchen, large shed/carport, new fenced
yard, 5 minutes walk to town facilities.
views of the renowned Breakaways.
has opened a new mine close to Coober Pedy, and with this in mind, the property
would be ideal for investors – family home or corporate usage.
home is furnished and currently rented for $170 per week.
2 Corinthians Ch. 8, v s 1 to 3 (Backpackers Bible): My friends, we want you to know that the churches in Macedonia have shown others how kind God is. Although they were going through hard times and were very poor, they were glad to give generously. They gave as much as they could afford and even more, simply because they wanted to.
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