Coober Pedy News
       No. 61                                                  23 July  2004

Archived copy

Letters to Editor

Stolen Water

At the July meeting of the District Council of Coober Pedy it was revealed that a quarter of a million dollars worth of reticulated water has gone missing. Water Supply Manager Les Hoad urged that the thieves be prosecuted to the full, because the water drawn from the sub artesian basin feeding the town desalination plant belongs to the Council by virtue of the licence fee that is paid by the Council to draw the underground water. 

Councillors supported Mr Hoad by directing him to follow the path of preparing to install meters in the feeder lines so that the point of illegal extraction can be determined. The installation of the "police" meters may cost up to $50,000.

Councillors voted not to increase the water rates in this year's budget, despite Mayor Baines' recommendation that water rates should also be increased by the same amount as ordinary rates. And they rejected the proposed doubling of dog registration fees to $40 and opted for an increase to $30 instead.

Another Film

Mr Mason Curtis addressed the District Council of Coober Pedy on the plans to shoot a film in Coober Pedy. He said it was a good script, and shooting would begin in September. 

He was assured that the Council would assist by making announcements of road closures in the town at the times when shooting would take place in the streets. Many locals are required as extras in the film, so a good injection of money into the town is expected.

Long Drop Days Doomed?

For many years in Coober Pedy unused shafts have been used to receive household waste water, both grey water and toilet water. 

With the rise in accommodation provided for the tourist trade, the amount of waste water disposal required the installation of an effluent scheme, mainly for businesses in the main street. Ordinary residential properties have largely been omitted from inclusion in the scheme. However, this may not be possible in the future.

Environmental Health Officer Keith Simmonds says that, 

"The question of disposal of wastewater for the township of Coober Pedy is unique and requires Council's attention. To clarify the issues raised and any others that are pertinent, I am available to attend future Council meetings and answer any issues that Elected Members wish to raise."


SA Govt Community Cabinet in Coober Pedy

On Sunday July 25 and Monday 26, State Cabinet will be in town. There will be three opportunities for local involvement.

Formal deputations will be heard on Sunday between 3pm and 5pm at the Italo-Australian Miners Club.

Invited guests will join the SA Premier, Hon. Mike Rann, Cabinet Ministers, and the Chief Executives of Government Departments, at a BBQ also on Sunday between 5pm and 6pm at the Coober Pedy Greek Orthodox Community Hall.

Following the BBQ at the same venue will be a public forum which any interested person may attend.

Another Pigeon Release

On Saturday July 31 pigeons will be released in Coober Pedy, for a $10,000 race back to Pt Augusta 


Tall Tales 

Three cowboys are sitting around a campfire, out on a lonesome Texas prairie, each with the bravado for which cowboys are famous. A night of tall tales begins.

The first one says, "I must be the meanest, toughest cowboy there is. Why, just the other day a bull got loose in the corral and gored six men before I wrestled it to the ground by the horns with my bare hands."

The second cowboy can't stand to be bested. "Why that's nothing. I was walking down the trail yesterday and a fifteen-foot rattlesnake slid out from under a rock and made a move for me. I grabbed that snake with my bare hands, bit its head off and sucked the poison down in one gulp. And I'm still here today."

The third cowboy remains silent, silently stirring the coals with his hands.

Source: Aha! Jokes,

Put the Glass Down - Sent in by a reader

A lecturer was giving a lecture to his student on stress management. He raised a glass of water and asked the audience,  "How heavy do you think this glass of water is?"

The students' answers ranged from 20g to 500gm.

"It does not matter on the absolute weight. It depends on how long you hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it is OK. If I hold it for an hour, I will have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you will have to call an ambulance.

It is the exact same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.

If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, we will not be able to carry on, the burden becoming increasingly heavier.

What you have to do is to put the glass down, rest for a while before holding it up again We have to put down the burden periodically, so that we can be refreshed

and are able to carry on.

So before you return home from work tonight, put the burden of work down.

Don't carry it back home. You can pick it up tomorrow.

Whatever burdens you are having now on your shoulders, let it down for a moment if you can.

Pick it up again later when you have rested...

Rest and relax.

Life is short, enjoy it!!