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Rates, Water, up by CPI

In a Special Meeting, the District Council of Coober Pedy passed the Annual Budget, which will increase council and water rates by the rise in the Consumer Price Increase. The Budget is heading for a surplus of $72,000. Council accepted the Valuer General's assessment that, based on sales, good quality above and below ground housing had increased in value -  the value of Coober Pedy property rising from $85M to $89M. Rate revenue will rise by about $20,000 to $784,000.

Four of seven councillors (three sent apologies) moved quickly through the agenda. Discussion took place on funding for the Coober Pedy Mining Association, and the 'advertising budget' for the Coober Pedy Regional Times. The Mining Association will get their requested $30,000, to be paid in instalments. The Times wanted $9,000 but will only get $6,000. 

A new Public Toilet will be built in the main street, and there will be a significant increase in main street lighting.


Umoona Tjutagku Health Centre Opening

The plaque reads:

"Umoona Tjutagku Health Service premises were jointly funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and the State Department of Health. The project began in 1999 and was completed in 2005.

The building was opened on 28 June 2005 by representatives of both Governments. Barry Wakelin MHR, Federal Member for Grey and Lyn Breuer MP, Member for Giles.

Aboriginal people of Coober Pedy have named the building "Tjinkuma" in recognition of the dedicated service, spanning many years, by Sister Vicki McCormack (named "Tjinkuma" by the "Golden  Girls"). Sister Vicki's life work was caring for the health needs of the Umoona Community, which she served from 1975 until her retirement in 1999."

From left: Jennifer Williams, former Health Worker, Dr Ernie Kamitakahara, 

Ching  Pagnani,  Sister Vicki McCormack                      



L. Barry Wakelin MHR, Federal Member for Grey

R. Lyn Breuer MP, State Member for Giles

Tjutagku means 'good health for all'

Robin Walker was MC and called for anyone who wanted to say a few words. Anne Vanachek, Mabel Lecoviak, Ian Crombie and Maureen Williams responded.



At the Council Budget Meeting, after everything was discussed and agreed upon, it came time for voting. Cr Mike Maylin was moving all the motions and Cr Tina Doulgeris was seconding them. It was getting a bit monotonous. Encouragement was given to Crs Boro Rapaic and Rose Temple to move or second. Cr Temple obliged but Cr Rapaic was quite happy not to move or second anything, just vote in support. 

Then came the motion about pensioner rebate on water rates. Comments across the table went something like this:

Cr Maylin - "Come on Boro, you can do this one." 

Cr Rapaic - "Actually, in a few days time I will be eligible for the pension." 

Cr Maylin - "Well, you can't do that one , it would be a Conflict of Interest. Better let me do it."



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