Coober Pedy News

No 12                                                    August 21, 2002

Archived copy

Vet Problems  - Coober Pedy is not alone.  The following is from the Port Augusta 'Transcontinental".

Roxby may lose vet

Roxby Downs will likely be without a vet over the summer months as a standoff between the Roxby Downs Veterinary Clinic and Roxby Downs Council continues.

The vet clinic used to operate from the old kiosk at the swimming pool, which is now earmarked for a youth centre, and was moved at the start of the year to the old CFS fire station on Olympic Way.

Roxby Downs Veterinary Clinic senior veterinarian Dr Andrew Melville-Smith claims the clinic was given a weeks notice by council to move into the old CFS fire station on Olympic Way, on the understanding council would renovate the building so that it would be suitable to use as a veterinary clinic and kennels.

He says after years of using the old kiosk, a modern insulated airconditioned brick building, the clinic had to move to a "large tin shed" which is not lined or adequately airconditioned and is too hot to work in during summer.

Now, he says, council has reneged on the agreement, leaving him with an unsuitable building to operate the clinic from, and no where else suitable available in Roxby Downs.

Dr Melville-Smith says the hot, dusty conditions are unacceptable, which leads to increased difficulties in attracting vets to work in the town.

"The current shortage of veterinarians in South Australia is at crisis point and it is very difficult to get vets to come and work here at the best of times" Dr Melville-Smith said.

The next issue of the Coober Pedy News will be produced in Adelaide at the Royal Show, in the Jubilee Pavilion in theWayville Showgrounds.

The site number in the pavilion is 35, in the north-west corner of the pavilion. 

Coober Pedians welcome - come and have your photo taken for inclusion in the Royal Show issue of the Coober Pedy News.