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 Four Home Games 

With four home games for Coober Pedy, the newest team in the Woomera and Districts Football League needs change rooms. Efforts are well in hand to source government funds for the construction, but the money is not likely to be available in time for the season opening.

The DCCP agreed in principle to the establishment of a temporary change room facility at the town oval, subject to external funding being obtained by the club.

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Mr Geoff Sykes addressed Council in regard to facilities for the Coober Pedy Football Club.

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Public Toilets

New public toilets have been ordered and will be installed at the Lions Information Bay early this year. Money for these toilets was allocated in the 2005/2006 budget. The toilets will be the Exeloo self cleaning type and will complement the other strategies Council is providing in the CBD for both residents and tourists.

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The Future of the Coober Pedy Regional Times

Far North Economic Development Officer Ross Sawers continues to chair the committee of the paper. His study of the future viability of the paper is nearly complete.

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Aboriginal Air Services - Introduction of Coober Pedy Service 

As operator of the Coober Pedy Airfield, the District Council of Coober Pedy has approved the request by Aboriginal Air Services (AAS) to operate commercial air services between Ayers Rock and Coober Pedy.  When Regional Express started their Coober Pedy service, the DCCP agreed to waive some airport head taxes to encourage use of the service. AAS requested a similar waiver. The DCCP agreed to apply a 100% waiver for a period of twelve months on the airport head tax on AAS Q fares, and a 50% waiver on AAS Y fares.

The new service will connect with REX, making it the only practical direct connection between Ayers Rock and Adelaide. 

The service is due to start on 15 March 2006.

Easier to convert Licensed Land to Freehold

In a letter to Trevor McLeod, CEO of the DCCP, the Senior Property Officer of the Department for Environment and Heritage, Byron Gough, sought Council's comments on proposed changes which will "allow a licensee to achieve freehold at an earlier stage".

Mr Gough's letter says: 

As you know this department has historically insisted upon the establishment of an inhabitable dwelling with power, water and an effluent disposal system on an above ground site or a face cut and 25 metres of tunnelling area before freehold of a licence will be considered. This level of development is greater than the Crown Lands Act 1929 and departmental policy dictates and is now under review.

I am currently considering a change in procedure whereby the extent of development necessary to enable freehold is reduced. Under an amended procedure a licensee would be required to complete substantial and permanent improvement on the licensed land. Less emphasis will be placed on the licensee's preferred standard of living.  This will allow a licensee to achieve freehold at an earlier stage of development hence negating possible hardship bought about by the inability to secure finance over a licence.

Development approval will still be necessary and obtainable through Council. Any breach of planning regulation will remain the jurisdiction of the planning authority. Whilst I do not consider that such a change in procedure will adversely impact on the area I would welcome Council's comments on the proposed change prior to a final decision being made in this regard.

The Council will advise the Department of Environment and Heritage that it has no objection to the proposed changes as outlined in Mr Gough's letter.

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Ten consecutive months with rainfall

Since April 2005 there has been rainfall recorded in Coober Pedy every month. This month's 18 mm helped kick along the Seventeen-Mile Road verge near the motor club. 

Mayor Keeps Trying

As reported in the Coober Pedy News of October 2005 - 

"Coober Pedy Mayor Steve Baines met in Adelaide with State Minister for Police Kevin Foley requesting 24 hour policing but to no avail.  Also present were Port Augusta Mayor Joy Baluch, Ceduna Mayor Ken McCarthy, Commissioner of Police Mal Hyde and Deputy Commissioner Gary Burns. Mayor Baines was told that in the last year only 42 calls were made to the police after the station closed at around 1 am. This, together with the ABS figure of about 2,500 for the town population, does not rate highly enough for 24 hour policing.

The Minister conceded that after hours calls for police in Coober Pedy would in future be handled by two local rostered officers, instead of being diverted to Pt Augusta. He also said that an appointment has been made for a policeman in Oodnadatta, which will take a load off the Coober Pedy officers."

However, the Mayor says in his December Council Report that phone calls to the Coober Pedy Police Station are still being diverted to Port Augusta when the station closes down,  

He also says that Mark Syrus, Operations Inspector at Port Augusta Police Station has told him that this agreement will not be honoured and the phone calls will continue to be diverted to Port Augusta. 

Mr Baines says that no appointment has been made for Oodnadatta, and the Coober Pedy Post Office has taken over many Motor Registration associated duties formerly handled by Coober Pedy Police.

His report adds, 

"Consequently I have had questions raised in parliament as to why I was deceived and what action will be taken to correct this."

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Effluent Dump Point for 'Grey Nomad' Waste

The DCCP has approved the construction of an effluent dump point at a cost of $1500, the location being decided by the Water Supply Manager. The Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia Ltd, and KEA Campers will contribute $1000, with the remaining $500 coming from the DCCP.

With the increasing number of 'grey nomads' and others travelling the roads of Australia, vehicles can now be inspected and certified as being 'self-contained'. The certification is based on the vehicle holding capacity of fresh, grey and black water tanks, and the capacity for garbage.

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From the Woomera Gibber Gabber Annual 2005

By Peter Nikoloff, NEXST1 Safety and Operations Liaison Officer

In September 2005 the NEXST1 experimental aircraft and dummy booster were installed on the launch rail at Launch Area 1 in support of extensive system tests. The tests were used to confirm that  the aircraft, booster and ground support systems were all fully functional and ready for the big day. 

The successful launch in October was a significant step in the ten year research program of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, which is supported by Australian Air Force Woomera Test Range personnel. The aircraft flew at twice the speed of sound before softly landing under three parachutes.

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What did the sinister German SS Officer say to the old reliable cuckoo clock that kept on going, "tick, tick, tick" for many years?

 "Ve haf vays of making you tok!"

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The Coober Pedy News is ranked number 6 on Google for 'coober pedy'.

 

     

 

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Oxiana seeking to expand its US investor base

In a media release dated 22 December 2005, Oxiana says it is

 "pleased to announce that it has initiated a Level 1 American Depository Receipt (ADR) program. This is now effective with Receipts tradeable in the over-the-counter (OTC) market.

The ADR program will enable Oxiana shares to be more accessible to US private investors and institutions, including those only permitted to buy US-based securities.

The Bank of New York will operate the Oxiana ADR program and act as the depository bank. An ADR is created when a broker purchases Oxiana’s shares on the Australian Stock Exchange and delivers those to the Bank of New York’s local custodian bank, which then instructs the depository bank to issue Depository Receipts. These Depository Receipts may trade freely, like any other security, in the OTC market.

In accordance with normal ADR practice, shares are consolidated into larger value parcels. In Oxiana’s case each ADR represents 5 ordinary Oxiana shares.

This initiative forms part of Oxiana’s strategy to expand its US investor base and provide increased international liquidity.

Owen L Hegarty Managing Director"

Oxiana's Prominent Hill mine is located about 100 km from Coober Pedy

The ASX chart for Oxiana's share price shows a steady rise, from about $1 in July 2005 to over $2 in January 2006

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Planet Ark Christmas Card Recycling

Postage paid envelopes are available from the Post Office

"Cards 4 Planet Ark" has recycled over half a billion cards into 'SAFE' branded toilet tissue, paper products or cardboard packaging.

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