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Coober Pedy’s 36th Annual Race Meeting

From Peter Rowe, President, CPARC

This year’s Races are building to be a great family weekend event on the 6th & 7th of August as the Races return to a picnic race format with an emphasis on family fun for both children and adults.

Children’s novelty fun, foot races, egg tossing, potato races, barrel races, motor cycle and more will keep children entertained throughout the weekend.

The races will now be open to all horses including hack and corn-fed, which basically means that "anyone with a horse and a saddle will be able to compete.

Once again there will be the usual Gymkhana events for both the children and adults and along with the prize money and incentives of $15,000 it is sure to attract strong competition, bring out the best in the riders and make for an exciting race weekend.

This year the riders in the motorbike gymkhana events will be competing for prize money over $1300 so all you budding motor cycle riders in Coober Pedy come along and have a go.

Many thanks to all the businesses in town who have once again dug deep to support Coober Pedy’s longest running event. There has been an increase in community support this year with a number of new faces turning up to committee meetings which is really encouraging. 

ABC radio personality Peter Goers will be officially opening the Races on Saturday afternoon. Goers has been a strong supporter of Coober Pedy and his character and wit will be appreciated at the event. He is one of the first media people to respond to positive stories about our town, and certainly one of the strongest positive voices in times of need.

A new promotional brochure has been produced by the Coober Pedy Retail Business and Tourism Association and distributed to the SA Tourism Commission, RAA, Wadlata and to tourism operators around Coober Pedy. 

For further information go to or contact the SA Travel Centre, RAA or Wadlata or Freecall 1800 637 076, or contact any member of the race club, or Ross Sawers on 8672 5579.


Martin Smith, Coordinator of the Opal Festival, advises that he has received notice that his application to the South Australian Tourism Commission for $13.000 for Marketing Purposes has resulted in a grant of $4,000. The festival will be held at Easter, Saturday April 15, 2006.

The "Back to Mintabie Reunion" will be held from Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October 2005. 

           For more info go to or Phone Margaret on 8670 5061 or Jill on 8670 5050.

Takeover of Oxiana Rumour Only
Owen L Hegarty, Managing Director of Oxiana Limited, has released the following statement, dated August 3:

"In response to the rumours in today’s press concerning a potential
takeover offer for Oxiana by Xstrata, Oxiana advises that it has had no
contact from Xstrata and is not aware of an impending bid from that


Ross Sawers, Far North Economic Development Officer, in his June report to the District Council of Coober Pedy, said that his office has been conducting an awareness campaign to ensure that Coober Pedy benefits from the mining and mineral  exploration taking place in the Far North of the State. 

He said that apart from local businesses, interest has also come from both small and large businesses from SA and interstate, including Linfox, NT Link, Max cranes. All have inquired as to the availability of industrial land in Coober Pedy.


 Good News for Coober Pedy based Hong Kong Opal Buyers


Singapore Airlines today announced the introduction of a new weekly
flight to Adelaide, connecting South Australia to the rest of the world
five times a week.

As well as increasing the number of flights, Singapore Airlines has
reviewed its Adelaide schedule to improve connections for South
Australian travellers. 

The revamped and increased schedule will provide South Australian
passengers with fast, same-day connections to the business centres of
Hong Kong and New Delhi, as well as leisure destinations Bali
(Denpasar), Penang and Phuket ( the latter served by SIA subsidiary,
SilkAir). Previously travellers to these destinations required an
overnight stop in Singapore. 



The Coober Pedy Saints have one more opportunity to notch up a win in their inaugural season in the Woomera and Districts Football League. Like one player said, "We don't need confidence, we need a win!

Whatever happens, it certainly will be an achievement to have travelled to Woomera each week (bar one) for the whole season.


From the Gibber Gabber July 15

Defence Centre Woomera News - Significant works on the Village power distribution system are almost complete and will provide system redundancy to avoid the sort of power black outs that have happened over the past few years.

Handy Hints - How to repel ants Sprinkle a little black pepper in cracks and crevices.

Sister Patricia's Thought of the Week - Once you have learned to love, you will have learned to live.


From the Northern Country Carers August Newsletter:

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes - Mark Twain.

and ...

A Carrot, an Egg and a Cup of Coffee - How do you deal with adversity?

A girl was telling her mother about the troubles in her life. The mother put three pots of water on to boil and placed inside each one either a carrot, an egg or coffee beans. She explained that each of these objects faced the same adversity - boiling water. Each reacted differently.

The carrot went in hard, strong and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after going through the boiling water its inside became hardened. The coffee beans were unique - after they had been in the boiling water they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" she asked her daughter, "the carrot, the egg, or the coffee beans?"



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