Tuesday 6 December 2012

Special Edition 21

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Strong Winds Hit Coober Pedy

The roof of the Coffee Club in Hutchison Street looking like Sydney Opera House.

Sawn pieces are all that is left to clean up, after a large branch fell from this tree on the school oval.

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Kingoonya Hotel Open Again

by Michelle Bennett

Traveling down from the Northern Territory we arrived around lunchtime at the Kingoonya Pub and met up with John Brett the Manager on Wednesday 28th November. John with his friendly and helpful manner explained how he has just re-opened the Kingoonya Pub after a period of closure. The small town of Kingoonya has ˝ a dozen residents and John was only to happy to chat and discuss his plans over a cold drink. Currently there is no eftpos available but John is in the process of fixing that, and he also talked about the plans for the local caravan park to be re-opened in the near future and the big plans he has for the Kingoonya Pub.  Cold drinks and meals are available at this delightful little pub delivered by the helpful and friendly service of John. So if you are traveling down through the top gateway to the Gawler Ranges don’t forget to stop and have a cold drink and a meal with John otherwise you both may go hungry. John can be contacted on 0408600175.

 

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CENSUS INFORMATION WORKSHOP HELD

About 12 people, mostly from local service provider groups, attended the Census Information Sessions last week held in the chambers of the District Council of Coober Pedy.

SA Census Engagement Manager Andrew Stidston was particularly interested in hearing the opinions of locals about how the Census population number for Coober Pedy from the 2011 census differs quite a lot from the 'real' number of people in Coober Pedy.

(Population numbers are a major factor in government determination of funding to local service providers.)

He said he would follow up the suggestions made, in order to get a more accurate count of the Coober Pedy population for the next census in 2016.

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A night out with a difference in Coober Pedy!

Last Thursday I was in Coober Pedy to run some Census Information Sessions for the Australian Bureau of Statistics.  This was my second visit to Coober Pedy and as with my previous visit I had the opportunity to visit a few of the local shops and eateries and check out the tourist attractions.

On Thursday night after a quiet ale at the Opal Inn in Coober Pedy’s main street I was headed back to my room at the Mud Hut.  That is, until I noticed the floodlights on at the local Oz Minerals Coober Pedy Oval.

Being a bit of a cricket nut I was intrigued by the group of cricketers that were gathering under lights for what appeared to be a game of late night cricket at the end of a seeringly hot day in Coober Pedy.

After a few minutes watching from the sidelines I was lured onto the field for a game of 7 a side cricket with a group of Coober Pedy locals.  The group of predominantly ex pat Sri Lankans along with a couple of Aussies were all keen to make me feel welcome and include me in their game.

With only my thongs and denim shorts I made quite a sight charging into bowl…..the fact that my first ball bounced twice on it’s way to the batsmen made my new found friends giggle and wonder why they had invited me onto the field.

What made this game all the more unique was that as we played a huge thunderstorm was brewing with sheet and fork lightning forming a spectacular backdrop to the game on the oval.

My team very generously allowed me to open the batting and I enjoyed getting a couple of decent hits away across the lush Coober Pedy Oval.  The only problem was that I think I batted too long cause some of the other guys didn’t get a hit before we won the game……maybe next time they won’t be so generous and I’ll find myself batting last! J

The boys embarked upon a second game but we had only got part way through when the spectacular lightning display got a little too close for comfort and the game had to be abandoned as the heavens opened!

The game was a thoroughly enjoyable interlude in my work trip to the Opal City.

My new Coober Pedy buddies invited me out next week for another game…….unfortunately I will be back in Adelaide!  But I would love to take a raincheck and join in again next time I’m in Coober Pedy.

Thanks for including me in your game boys – it was fun!  The night cricket games under lights are a great innovation and I hope they continue and thrive in Coober Pedy!

Andrew Stidston

 


 


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