'No Pokies for Coober Pedy'
Five people met to discuss the formation of a
steering committee to direct the course of the 'No Pokies for Coober Pedy'
movement. Funds are being raised for lobbying expenses. Petitions are
available in various outlets. The group hopes that one person from every
Coober Pedy club and church will be represented in a committee and contribute
to progressing the 'cause'. A follow-up visit by 'No Pokies' MP Nick Xenophon
Alex Avakian collecting signatures for the
"No Pokies for Coober Pedy" petition
Throwing all your resources into a hole in the ground in pretty much
Godforsaken country is my idea of a gamble. So I sympathise with the
risk-takers of Coober Pedy who met recently to oppose nanny state-controlled
Posted by Bernard Slattery at November
17, 2004 10:24 PM | TrackBack
From my favourite news
outlet between Pt Augusta and Alice Springs.
Cr Boro Rapaic, a self-confessed former gambler years ago when opal was
plentiful, said that he wanted to rid Coober Pedy of poker machines. He said
that in the old days the money won in local (illegal) card games was
recirculated in the town, but revenue from poker machines went out of the
town. He said that no committees of local clubs allowed poker machines to be
placed in their clubrooms.
I've mailed the boys in Coober my support. I've also put a bumper sticker
on my vehicle here in Texas. "No More Pokies in Coober".
Extracts from the November District Council of Coober
Councillors finally make decisions as
required by the Dog And Cat Management Board.
They declared the Triangle Playground, the Tennis Courts and
the Basketball Courts to be 'Dog Free Areas'.
Four areas were declared 'Dog Off-Leash Exercise Areas'.
Council has specific details of the boundaries of the areas but in general
they are: near the Oodnadatta Road, the Water
Conservation Reserve, near the William Creek Road, and the Town Oval between
the hours of 6.00 am and 8.00 am.
10,000 tyres stockpiled at the dump
The Works Manager reported back to Council that
prices for carting recyclables to Adelaide by local transport operators are
around $1000 for a 25 tonne semi load. The costs of labour to package the
waste, and that of containers, is extra.
Scrap tyres are not recycled in SA. They are
shredded and placed in landfill (an EPA requirement). A tyre shredder quoted
ex-GST on site shredding costs of $2.95 for a passenger tyre, and $19.50 for a
Super Single, with a cost of $1 per km for travelling.
Funding of $21,000 has been obtained from the
Department of Environment and Heritage to purchase and install an 8000 litre
waste oil receiving facility at the Works depot to handle waste oil generated
both by the Works depot and the town. The oil can then be picked up by tankers
and transported to Adelaide for recycling.
'Leaky Les' On the Trail of the Water
The Water Supply Manager Les Hoad says in his
report that a newly imported meter will best suit the operation to catch water
thieves. It is a permanent fixture having a six year battery life, can be read
both ways, providing data able to be downloaded to a laptop. He says he has
ordered one, to fit in the line that feeds the Potch Gully area, at a cost of
over $3000, with delivery in February 2005. The performance of the meter will
determine whether of not more will be fitted around the town.
From the Mayor's Report:
"I attended a meeting of the Planning and
Development Committee for the Transitional Camp on the 20th October. It was
confirmed at this meeting that the preferred location for the camp is on the
land adjacent aboriginal health and the Sobering Up Centre. The CEO and I are
in the process of determining whether it is possible for Council to provide
services to this area.
I have received information from Telstra
Countrywide that the decision on whether to provide ADSL broadband services to
Coober Pedy should be made in about three weeks. The desktop audit has been
undertaken and did identify that the present exchange would need to be
extended to accommodate the new equipment."
Steve Baines, Mayor.
Hospital Board Delegate Report - Lyn
"The Hospital Board AGM was held on Monday
25th October at the Italian Club. At 7.00 pm, which was the advertised
starting time, the Chairman of the board Kim Kelly declared the meeting open
and advised those present that they would be given ten minutes to read the
Only 2 of the 3 candidates were present at that
The 3rd candidate arrived with a few of other
people and immediately commenced making calls on her mobile phone, as did one
of the people accompanying her. As the meeting had started at this time it
made hearing very difficult, all the more so as a crowd of people, left over
from a funeral earlier in the day were in the bar.
People were coming in, registering, voting and
leaving. Others were still ringing around on their mobile phones. The Chair
was trying to conduct the meeting.
The reports were finished and the next item on
the Agenda was the voting.
The CEO of the hospital, Malinda Watson,
announced that if anyone had not voted would they please do so now. After a
few minutes, as there was nobody waiting to register or vote at that time Ms
Watson declared voting closed. One of the Board members (who was a candidate)
was asked to go over and close the consantenna door to block out the noise
from the bar.
Ms Watson explained that Sergeant Greg Shaw
would be in charge of the counting process. I then noticed that some more
people had entered the room and were filling out voting slips that had not
been removed from the table. I quickly spoke with the CEO and she went over to
the table and removed the voting box and slips. This angered the people who
had just arrived and had not voted (and a few who had) but voting had closed.
Roxanna Ramsay, from DHS and the Minister have
both been notified of the events of the night and are both quite satisfied
with the way it was handled.
Mr Peter Lane and Mr Mark Harrison were
re-elected to the board."
(Delegate Lyn Freeman has for many years
been in charge of the electoral booth at Coober Pedy State and Federal
Cr Maylin requested that the Council Meter Readers be instructed to take
note of any dangerous wiring in meter boxes, and water leaks.
When asked the day before publication of this
issue of the Coober Pedy News if there were any last minute scandals to
release, Mayor Steve Baines said that he didn't know of any - he was at home
asleep in bed, and he was happy to be quoted.
The Virgin Rainbow remains unsold, after the
internet auction tender attempt failed to receive a sufficiently high enough
bid. The agent has further plans for its sale, after an international
exhibition following further publicity.