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REX Coober Pedy Services Upgrade to Larger Saab Aircraft

On 7 August Rex (Regional Express) will upgrade services between Adelaide and Coober Pedy from 19 seat Metro 23 aircraft to 34 seat Saab 340s.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays Saab 340 aircraft with a flight attendant, in-flight service and toilet / washroom facilities will depart Adelaide at 10.15am arriving in Coober Pedy at 12.15pm. The return flight will leave Coober Pedy at 12.35pm arriving in Adelaide at 2.35pm.

Aboriginal Air Scaledown

Mayor Steve Baines says in his June Report that Aboriginal Air have told the CP Council that from now until the beginning of December the service will only operate on a Wednesday. Flights will be suspended in December, January and February. 

Lower than expected passenger numbers, and more time needed to set up distribution channels, ticketing arrangements and tours are given as the reasons for the reduction of the number of  flights between Coober Pedy and Alice Springs.

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The SPELL of Multiculturalism:

Written on a sign hanging on veranda post with a pencil on a string:

 "Leave foon number - I ring you back"

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Someone said -

"When they asked me for my phone number I refused to give it to them because that would mean that they had two phone numbers and I wouldn't have any."

And ...

"The good thing about higher petrol prices is that it takes less time to spend money when you fill up the tank, which means you have more time to do work to get the extra money to pay for the higher fuel costs."

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This issue is the last of the 'internet-only' versions of the Coober Pedy News. The next issue will be available in hardcopy newspaper from newsagents in Coober Pedy.

Opal on the Stars

At the Northern Regional Development Board Far North Economic Development Forum, a comment made 'on the side' by one of the speakers may turn out to be significant.

One of the speakers, Managing Director of the 1960 established Opal Inn Group Robert Coro spoke on 'Seeking out Opportunities.' He casually mentioned that the profile of opal would be lifted if famous film stars were seen to be wearing it. He also said that there is no collective marketing of opal. Perhaps someone in the audience will 'get off their backside', as he urged people to do, and put the gem on the stars.

He said that Coober Pedy, having opal and underground living as its major drawcards, also has the Breakaways, a great drawcard  for film companies in the past. Since 1984 fifteen films or ads had been shot there, but nothing in the last four years. He said that the reason for this was 'anthropological' and that the present owners, by always changing the rules and costs, were putting film companies off, and something ought to be done about that.

NRDB speakers put forward various possibilities of funding from government agencies. Outgoing local NRDB representative Ross Sawers said that their website would have summaries of their presentations, including contact phone numbers and website addresses.

Some interesting possibilities were mentioned - a 'yarner' setting up camp ten kilometres out of town, cycle tourism, geo tourism (Coober Pedy has one of only two outposts of the SA Museum), nature tourism, cultural tourism, the integration of food and art into tourism. Two events in 2007 may provide 'spin-offs' - The Great Australian Cattle Drive on the Oodnadatta Track in May and June, and the National Opal Symposium in Coober Pedy just before Easter.

President of the Coober Pedy Miners Association Frank Pennisi acknowledged how miniscule local opal mining operations were, compared to those of Oxiana and Goldstream, who have invested millions of dollars in pre-mining studies. He said the Association drill financed by the SA government was now owned by the Association because 700 holes had been drilled and logged to PIRSA's satisfaction. Logs of the drill holes and GPS figures are available from PIRSA. The drill is now available for hiring at the same fee as local drillers. 

Opal mining expenses have risen a lot, he said, which has meant less mining, and thus less opal. But this has not caused the price of opal to rise, as happens with other commodities when supply falls. But less opal has meant fewer opal buyers, therefore less competition, and so lower prices.

Naidoc Week Art Exhibition

A blower on the opal field, (above, by Sandra) and a man with his sick dog on a trolley (below, by Evelyn) are the subjects of paintings by Sandra Taylor and Evelyn Davie exhibited in Coober Pedy as part of Naidoc Week. Sponsored by Wearhouse Arcade and Umoona Opal Mine and Museum.

Encouraged by the interest shown by locals and tourists this week, Sandra (left) and Evelyn (right) are looking to set up a permanent Coober Pedy exhibition, and to sell locally produced paintings, carvings and basket work.

“Digging around Coober Pedy” - A book of miner’s stories, unique Coober Pedy pet stories, underground living, explosions in the town, and Coober Pedy history.

The author Anne Johnson has lived in Coober Pedy for most of the past thirty years, first working as a waitress, then for ten years as a teacher, ten more years as underground restaurateur, and presently operates an underground bed and breakfast business in her own dugout.  

Of 148 pages with over 200 photographs, and four pages of colour photos of opalised fossils, “Digging around Coober Pedy” is available for $29.95 plus $7 mailing cost from Anne at P.O. Box 240, Coober Pedy, SA, 5723.

Photo of Anne Johnson by Pamela Kouwenhoven

 

     
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WaterCare urges SA tourism operators to spread “save water” messages

South Australia’s whole of government water education and awareness initiative, WaterCare, is urging all tourism operators to encourage visitors to conserve and protect our water resources.

Tourism operators are encouraged to advise guests of what they can do to help save and protect water resources by putting signs and instructions in bathrooms, kitchens and the laundry. 

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