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South Australian town William Creek wants to secede to the Northern Territory

by: Bryan Littlely From: The Advertiser August 15, 2013

THE remote South Australian outpost of William Creek wants to secede and Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles says they will "happily take it".

FLYING THE FLAG: Pilot Trevor Wright at William Creek flying the NT flag. Picture: Barry Skipsey

Outback pilot Trevor Wright says William Creek, on the Oodnadatta Track about 200km south of the NT/SA border, is more aligned with the Territory lifestyle and a tourism treasure that is crying out to be developed.
"We are thinking about developing a passport system for William Creek, and displaying the NT emblem on it,'' Mr Wright said.
Dalhousie Springs, about 60km south of the border, are regarded as Australia's biggest and best thermal springs. They are accessible only by a rough 4WD track and for the past three years Mr Wright says he has tried to work with the SA government to allow plane access to the site. "The spirit of the Outback is here in William Creek.... borders don't matter,'' Mr Wright said.
"But we get more tourists coming down the (Oodnadatta) track than come up it and we have this significant tourist attraction of Dalhousie Springs, an oasis of the biggest thermal ponds in Australia, just short of the NT border and bugger-all people can get to it.
"We've tried for three years to get authority to fly tourists in there and we seem to be getting nowhere with the SA Government.''
SA Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said he could understand why the Northern Territory would want to "pinch" some of South Australia's amazing tourism experiences.
"Trevor Wright should prepare a sound business case for his latest idea, as he was recently asked to do by the South Australian Tourism Commission and I would be more than happy to take up the fight on his behalf," he said.
Mr Wright, who for 25 years has operated tourist flights over Lake Eyre and his Outback charter company across most of Australia, now owns every building in the small outpost on the Oodnadatta Track. He also has been a key to developing the spectacular Painted Hills south east of Coober Pedy as an aviation tourist attraction. Engulfed by the world's biggest cattle station, the Kidman-owned Anna Creek Station, William Creek has a pub and well serviced caravan park and cabins as well as houses to service the 10 or so permanent workers in Mr Wright's businesses.
Mr Giles said it was unsurprising that a "down south" town wanted to join the NT. "We have a good government and a good future,'' Mr Giles said. "If SA are happy to neglect a significant tourism attraction, we'll happily take it off their hands. Get us a map and a pencil and we'll start drawing lines.
"There are already good cross-border bursiness relationships in the tourism industry and we should always be working to build better partnerships across the border.''
Mr Bignell said that more than 600 tourism businesses operating in the Flinders Ranges and Outback SA region share in $346 million annual tourism expenditure according to Tourism Research Australia figures.






One dead, one in hospital following 4WD crash at William Creek overnight.

by: Sam Kelton Police Reporter From: The Advertiser August 17, 2013 7:45AM
A MAN has died at the scene of a fatal road crash at William Creek after his Toyota four wheel drive rolled over on the Coober Pedy to William Creek Rd.
Just before 2.30am, the car rolled near the turn-off to the Anna Creek homestead.
Early reports say the two men in the vehicle were thrown from the vehicle.
The dead man was aged 20 and from William Creek, police said.
The other man has been flown to hospital in a stable condition.
Major Crash investigators will be flying to the scene this morning.
His death takes the state's road toll to 68 as compared to 59 for the same time last year.
Update from www.sapolicenews.com.au yesterday: The passenger, a 23 year old man from Brinkworth, was airlifted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

Six candidates running in the Division of Grey

Australian Electoral Commission, 16 August
A total of six candidates will contest the 2013 federal election in the federal electoral division of Grey
Divisional Returning Officer for Grey, Jacqui Dunlop, said these candidates are just part of the 66 candidates running for the 11 House of Representatives seats across South Australia, with an additional 73 candidates running for the 6 Senate vacancies in South Australia.
A full list of the candidates running in the 2013 federal election is available on the AEC website at www.aec.gov.au, she said.
The candidate nominations were officially declared at 12 noon today at public events held around Australia, followed by a draw for ballot paper positions.
Ms Dunlop said printing of the ballot papers would now start with early voting to commence in the coming week.
Listed below are the candidates for the electoral division of Grey in the order they will appear on the ballot paper.
BROWNE, Ben
REES, Kristian
KAMINSKI, Cheryl
SENTANCE, Alison
RAMSEY, Rowan
FIDGE, Greg





FAR NORTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE INC
ROUND 15, 17th August 2013



Next week is the 1st and 2nd semi final on Sat 24th Aug Hornridge V Andamooka at 12.30pm Olympic Dam V Roxby Districts at 2.30pm
The winner of OD and Roxby go to the grand final on the 7th Sept
The winner of Hornridge and Andamooka play the loser of OD and Roxby in the prelim final on the 31st Aug
Mail Medal is Sat the 24th at the Auditorium at 7-7.30 for an 8pm start
The gate will be manned from 9am on grand final day All adults will pay $5 even the Junior parents.

Olympic Dam 27.22 (184) defeated Coober Pedy 3.4 (22)


BEST Olympic Dam Scott Montgomerie, Michael Shaw, Rian Hornhardt, Cameron Green, Ben Harris
GOALS Olympic Dam Scott Montgomerie 19, Thomas Dwyer 2, Ian McBey 2, James Simmons 2, Daniel Emes 1, Cameron Green 1
BEST Coober Pedy Colin Liddle, Martin Grava, Ian Brown, Jamaal Witchen, Wayne Chamberlain
GOALS Coober Pedy Christopher Goodwin 1, Colin Liddle 1, Wayne Boland 1

Roxby Districts 19.15 (129) defeated Hornridge 4.2 (26)

BEST Roxby Districts Craig Hall, Jordan Mandemaker, Aaron Parry, Jared Greenbank, Stuart Johnson
GOALS Roxby Districts Luke Godfrey 3, Ricky Prosser 3, Kain Zeptner 2, Jared Greenbank 2, Justin Watson 2, James Bremner 1, Mitchell Alves 1, James Telfer 1, Braden Wray 1, Christopher Gibson 1, Jed Kenny 1, Jordan Mandemaker 1
BEST Hornridge Peter Bowey, Daniel Pegler, Bradley Cooper, Tyler Harman, Sam Bacon
GOALS Hornridge Trent Grosser 2, Tyler Harman 1, Max Hanson 1



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