Coober Pedy News

No 78                                    1 April 2005

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No Pokies Campaign Soldiers On

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Sixty people attended the latest meeting addressed by SA Upper House No Pokies MP Nick Xenophon in Coober Pedy's Greek Hall. The 950 strong petition will be presented to the parliament. In a time for questions none were asked from representatives of the businesses operating poker machines.

Mr Xenophon said he was encouraged by the public interest and told the meeting that Coober Pedy, with its own website, looked like 'providing a light' for other regions wanting to rid their community of poker machines. He said he was looking to formulate legislation whereby a majority in a regional town could prevent the establishment of something that they did not want. Poker machines were legally set up in Coober Pedy, as in most places. The difficulty now lies in getting rid of something legally established. 

Councillor Boro Rapaic spoke to the meeting and said he would do 'whatever has to be done, no matter how long it takes', to rid Coober Pedy of pokies. The meeting applauded.

The website may be viewed at, and includes copies of about fifteen letters from local businesses, clubs, churches and government bodies supporting the total removal of poker machines from Coober Pedy.

'No Pokies 4 Coober Pedy' badges, featuring the logo above, are available free from the committee.


Opal Festival

Festival Co-ordinator Martin Smith said that the crowd of 929 adults and 365 under-18's was slightly down on last year. He said there were less tourists, probably because Easter was early and did not coincide with the school holidays.

Out of town funding came from Arts SA and Country Arts SA.


Coober Pedy Football Club

As part of the Opal Festival Coober Pedy played Titjikala, who came all the way from near Alice Springs. The scores were Ttijikala 12 - 4 (76) to Coober Pedy 3 - 11 (29)

Training is on Monday and Thursday 6 pm, with a barbecue on Thursdays.

A home match will be played at Coober Pedy against Olympic Dam for round 8 on 18th June. An entree fee will apply. Canteen and bar facilities will be there.

The club is looking for sponsors, gift donors and voluntary helpers.

At the barbecue after training

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Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) - Trial Activities - 

RAAF Aerospace Operational Support Group commenced the second phase of their deployment at Woomera. Trials associated with the  F/A-18 Hornet upgrade took place for the period of March 13 to April 1, 2005. Aircraft flew on a daily basis except for Easter.

A Media Release dated Tuesday March 15 from Oxiana is reproduced below:

Prominent Hill 

At Prominent Hill in South Australia, recent drilling has confirmed
excellent potential for gold only mineralisation both peripheral to the
Cu-Au mineralised hematite breccias and also internally within preferred
host rocks. 

A recent hole (PH05D131) drilled 50 metres down dip of an earlier
significant gold only intercept (57m at 7.7g/t Au) in the western part
of the deposit has intersected two intervals of similar gold only
mineralisation reporting 31m at 11.1 g/t Au (from 469m) and 19m at
11.7g/t Au (from 505m). The gold only mineralisation remains open to the
west and at depth. Gold occurs in fine calcite veinlets within hematite
altered dolomite host rocks. Free gold is evident. 

Drilling has also commenced on the eastern end of the main breccia
system to delineate the transition from copper-gold to gold only
mineralisation. The initial hole (PH05D114) outlined a variable
transition as anticipated. Significant gold only mineralisation was
encountered in the upper part of the hole including 8m at 4.2g/t Au
(from 183m), 14m at 2.2g/t Au (from 255m) and 55m at 2.8g/t Au (from
289m). Deeper in the hole, a copper-gold mineralised intercept of 17m at
2.6% Cu, 2.34g/t Au was encountered. Mineralisation in this zone remains
open to the east and at depth. 

Over 28,000 metres of infill and extension drilling have been completed
to date in line with the pre-feasibility schedule. 


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