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Mr Andrew Collett, Council Assisting "Children in State Care
Inquiry" spoke to the District Council about the work he is undertaking in Coober Pedy and
Oodnadatta in regard to the sexual abuse of Children in
Nearly did it
Coober Pedy Saints wrestled the lead from
Olympic Dam, the top team in the Woomera and Districts Football League,
in the last quarter of their home match.
But OD took it back and held it at the final
blast from the compressed air can, with fast flowing handballs by their
little men, who force fed OD's forward line.
No doubt Finance Manager Damien Clark was tongue in cheek
when he said he would present his 'exciting' reports. Not even Cr Blobel,
always looking to inject asides, took the opportunity to bang one in.
Rapaic shot one at Cr Blobel later on. It happened after Cr Blobel hinted
that he could make comments on the matter of the petition presented by
Natalie Slovachevsky if political correctness did not prevail. She said he
would have his opportunity when the community forum is held. Cr Blobel said
he couldn't even do it then. Cr Rapaic said words to the effect that Cr
Blobel might as well shut up then.
told the council that the library (at the school) was now open to the
Cr Maylin said that next
year's Opal Symposium would be held during the week preceding the Opal
'Brevity, the soul of wit'
Despite the mayor's whimsical request to 'slow down', a
recess had to be called at 7.40, lasting until 8, the advertised time for
the public to address the council, because all business that could be done
at that stage had been done. Perhaps the mayor wanted to make sure that the
record for the shortest council meeting - 51 minutes in March 2004 - would
not be broken.
Always one for economy of time, Deputy Mayor Mike Maylin's
response was, "It's 8 o'clock somewhere in the world isn't it?"
(Mr Maylin was the chairman of the 51 minute meeting. )
The mayor was not able to 'coax' a Question Without
Notice from Cr Rapaic.
The meeting ended up lasting 85 minutes.
Petition Presented to Local Council
Of 11 people in the public gallery at the June meeting of the District
Council of Coober Pedy 9 were locals in support of the petition of people
concerned with anti-social behaviour in the main street.
signatures (1009) were presented to the council. Other copies will be
presented to State MP Lyn Breuer and Federal member Barry Wakelin.
Mayor Steve Baines accepted the petition on behalf of the council and said
that the council fully supports the efforts of the petitioners and is
pleased that the public has made this move. He also said that a letter,
countersigned by the mayors of Port Augusta and Ceduna, has been sent by the
council to the Liquor Licensing Committee, requesting that additional power
be given to local police to decant, and confiscate alcohol being consumed in
the Dry Area of the town. No reply has yet been received.
Oxiana Oval Change Rooms Contract Let
The District Council of Coober Pedy awarded the contract for
the provision of labour and consumables associated with the construction of
the multi-purpose change room facility at Oxiana Oval to Mt Evelyn Homes (Mr
Geoff Sykes) for an amount not exceeding $35,000 based upon the principal
concept design as presented to the council, with the purchase and payment of
all other project materials, sub-contractors and costs being undertaken and
borne by the council, to a value not exceeding $122,747.
Geoff Sykes lifting the roof off his 'doll house'
From the Mayor's Report
"The CEO and I continue to assist the Coober Pedy Regional Times in
their endeavour to identify the options available to them in keeping the
newspaper existing and viable. The CPRT are struggling in a number of areas at
present, the least being financial. We have strongly suggested to the CPRT's
committee that a public consultation process needs to be undertaken, and if
required I have offered to host a public meeting in an attempt to keep the
community informed." - Steve Baines.
A public meeting has been advertised for July 16
Motions Passed (according to the
unconfirmed Council minutes)
Bad Debts Written Off
"That Council write-off bad debts totalling $41,224.87 as detailed in
the report of the Finance and Administration Manage to Council dated 20th June
Fire Damage Revaluation Rate Review, Lot 461 Brewster Street
'That no remission of any fines and interest be made on outstanding rates
due prior to the revaluation of the property undertaken in March 2006."
Lot 6 Garden Centre write off fines and
"That Council advise Mr Athanasiadis that it will waive fines and
interest accrued during the 2005/2006 financial year however the original
resolution of Council not to waive fines and interest on rates incurred prior
to the current financial year would stand."
Coober Pedy Amateur Racing Club Inc. Community Donation
"That Council approves a community donation for the Coober Pedy
Amateur Racing Club Inc. for assistance with the 2006 Coober Pedy Race Weekend
in the order of $2,150 being $350 cash for trophy sponsorship and $1,800
REX Head Tax Waive
"That the District Council of Coober Pedy, for the 2006/2007 Financial
Year, waive the head tax on Regional Express fare types REX Net 1 and REX
Saver 4 and impose a head tax of $9.00 (GST inclusive) for all other fare
Dog Registration Fees
"That the Dog Registration Fees for the 2006/2007 Financial Year
remain the same as 2005/2006 as outlined in the 'Dog Registration Fee Schedule
'that Council make available a maximum of two skip bins for use by
ratepayers at no cost. That the bins be dropped off on Friday and collected on
Monday by the DCCP. Ratepayers are to express interest and a register is to be
maintained by staff at the council administration office. That the offer be
subject to revision on 1st July 2007."
From Woomera's Gibber Gabber Friday 16 June
Woomera's French Connection
Eurocopter Tiger with a Hellfire missile
By Danny Carroll SQNLDR Senior Operations Officer ARDU
Flight Test Squadron
The Australian and French governments having bought Tiger
helicopters are testing them jointly and sharing information. Report writing
and data analysis take weeks to do. All for a few seconds of boyish fun!
The Coober Pedy
News is ranked number
on Google for 'coober pedy'.
From the Adelaide Advertiser 20 June- "..Oxiana has slated
August 25 for final sign-off on its $530 million Prominent Hill copper/gold
mine 120km southeast of Coober Pedy."
From the Goldstream Mining website:
"The Board of Goldstream is pleased to
announce that it has committed to move into feasibility
studies for its Cairn Hill Magnetite / Copper-Gold deposit following the
successful outcomes of the scoping study.
The Company’s 100% owned Cairn Hill Project is located 50km south of
Coober Pedy. The project is adjacent to the Stuart Highway and 50km
east of the Adelaide – Darwin railway which provides access to South