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The former principal of the Coober Pedy Area School has reached
an out-of-court settlement after suing a former student and a parent of a former
Burtenshaw claimed she was defamed on a Facebook hate page by the parents of two
Coober Pedy students and a former student of Gepps Cross Girls High School,
where she was previously principal.
said the comments damaged her reputation and caused her humiliation.
lawyer told the Adelaide Magistrates Court the claim against the former student
had been discontinued after a settlement had been reached.
said the claim against one of the parents had also been settled with the promise
of an apology and a cash payment in the next two months.
court was told settlement negotiations would occur with the remaining parent
before another court hearing in July.
Burtenshaw was suspended by the Education Department while principal of the
Coober Pedy Area School after complaints were made about her management style
and her dealings with students and parents.
took that decision to the Teachers Appeal Board which ruled a reprimand was
warranted because she had committed three acts of improper conduct.
· May 21, 2012
IT is the biggest land trade of modern times. A
little Outback town for 71,000sq km of desert country.
At 11.30am today, a hearing of the Federal Court of
Australia, at Finniss Springs Station near Lake Eyre, will officially award the
Arabana People the entire lake and the areas between Oodnadatta, Coober Pedy and
Marree, under a native title claim.
Under the consent order of the Federal Court, the native
title claim over the township of Marree, population 70, will be lifted to
complete the swap, which has been 14 years in the making.
The chairman of the Arabana Aboriginal Corporation, Aaron
Stuart, said the significance of today's Federal Court hearing could not be
underestimated and Lake Eyre and the land surrounding it was being returned to
the care of its rightful owners.
"Lake Eyre is a sacred and significant place to all
Arabana people," he said.
"We care for that land and the lake and we want to see
the land protected. This does not mean that we object to tourists ... we are
happy to share our country."
The invitation to share Lake Eyre, however, is not extended
to boat users who have sailed on the lake during rare times of flood. And the
native title claim also gives the Arabana people negotiating powers with mining
giants for facilities, services and royalties.
"We are happy for people to come and enjoy this land and
the lake, swim in it and see its beauty, but we do not want boats on the
lake," Mr Stuart said. "We want the site protected and we want the
whole of the lake protected ... we also worry about safety with boats."
Mr Stuart said the Arabana people got back Finniss Springs
Station, once a mission site, and a long-term pastoral lease on the property
which would be central to plans to establish tourism operations and a community.
They have also been given eight blocks in Marree, which will
become Crown land.
Marree Hotel publican Phil Turner said: "Historically,
the recognition of the native title is incredibly significant and is a point in
"I think if there's any concern it's that there's a
general lack of understanding among all people about what it all means," he
Mr Stuart said ceremonies such as today's, expected to be attended by up to 300 people, were a great step in the process of reconciliation.
Members of the Lake Eyre Yacht Club,
who try to sail on the lake on the rare occasions when it fills with water, were
banned from the waterway last year by national parks authorities, who refused to
grant them boating permits because of the Arabana's opposition, they vowed
yesterday to flout further attempts to keep them off the lake.
The club's commodore, Bob Backway, said the group had a common law right to sail on Lake Eyre, and he condemned yesterday's announcement as "a great travesty of the native title system". Already fined A$345 ($447) by South Australia's Environment Department for sailing without a permit, he has refused to pay the fine. "I told them I was prepared to go to jail over it," he said.
Native title was granted following
mediation between the claimants and other affected parties, including the state
government. As well as the lake, it covers the land between the outback towns of
Oodnadatta, Coober Pedy and Marree, including Anna Creek station, which covers
24,000 square kilometres of scrub country.
The Arabana agreed to give up their
claim to the town of Marree itself, which has a population of 70.
Stuart says Lake Eyre is "like
Uluru" to his people who believe that their ancestral spirit, Warrina,
lives in the lake and is disturbed by boats.
BIG COOBER PEDY BLOWER FINDS NEW HOME IN ALICE
historic blower used for opal mining in Coober Pedy in South Australia
been donated to the National Road Transport Hall of Fame in Alice
award winner and Desert Knowledge Australia Outback Business
member, Trevor Berry, of the Old Timers Mine in Coober Pedy.
Berry, who is travelling up to Alice Springs for the celebration.
is putting on an outback-style morning tea with damper, billy tea
muffins, to celebrate the event.
by sucking out mining debris from mine shafts underground and
it to the surface where it is blown out of the machine. The
piles of rock and dust create the distinctive mullock heaps
Cooper Pedy that give the area its lunar-like
as the Old Timers Mine and Road Transport Hall of Fame will be
each other through the display that will be set up around the
There is also a National Road Transport Hall of Fame display at the
for two excellent tourist attractions to demonstrate what cross
tourism should be about and how positive partnerships can be
tourism and for this reason had been an enthusiastic member of
Business Networks since 2009.
in 2010 where he first began talking with Liz Martin of the
Road Transport Hall of Fame.
worked together to promote each other.
Fame, Stuart Highway, Alice Springs next Tuesday 29 May. Everyone is
to attend. Old Timers Mine is also donating a Sterling Silver Inlay
valued at $100, for a raffle draw of business cards from people
the morning tea celebration.
NORTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE INC
4 19th May
Hornridge 15 goals 14 behinds 104 points defeated Andamooka 8 goals 6 behinds 54 points
Best for Hornridge: 1st T. Grosser, 2nd S. Huddlestone, 3rd N. Thomas, 4th B. Cooper
scorers C. Jurek J. Harman, N. Thomas B. Kelly 3 goals each, J. Martin, A.
T. Grosser 1 goal each
Best for Andamooka 1st T. Mulders, 2nd R. Sporton, 3rd B. Harris, 4th M. Tuohy, 5th D. Reid
scorers T. Mulders J. Brind T.
Dundo C. Patterson
A. Schiller D. Reid M. Tuohy
1 goal each
Roxby Districts 11 goals 15 behinds 81 points defeated Olympic Dam 8 goals.3behinds 51 points
Best players for Roxby 1st J. Mandemaker 2nd J. Malcolm 3rd J. Watson 4th J. Penny 5thJ.Chislett
scorers D. Hargraves 3 goals J. Watson 2 goals C. Hall R. Prosser J. Sarai
J. Kenny B. Whales 1 goal each
Best players for Olympic Dam 1st N. Gregor 2nd T. Hornhardt 3rd D. McKenna, 4th R. McInerney, 5th D. Summerton
scorers S. Montgomerie D. Moyse D. Summerton 2 goals each, J. Oliver R. Bennett
1 goal each
ROXBY DOWNS JUNIOR FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
ROUND 4 18th/19th May 12
Giants 5 goals 7 behinds 37 points defeated Suns 4 goals 6 points 30
Best players for Giants 1st J Smith 2nd D Demarchi
3rd M Sexton 4th A Fraser 5th H Paull
Goal scorers D Demarchi 4 goals J Dalgleish 1 goal
Best players for Suns 1st B DÄrrigo 2nd R Holder 3rd
B French 4th C Blieschke 5th M Lowe
Goal scorers B French 2 goals C Blieschke D Gates1 goal each
Hawks 4 goals 3 behinds 27 points defeated Bulldogs 2 points
Best players for Hawks 1st B Caden 2nd L Young 3rd
B Daddow 4th S Nhamussa 5th T Turner
Goal scorers B Cooper T Turner S Thompson T Harrison C Woolford 1 goal
Best players for Bulldogs 1st B Chamberlain 2nd S
Crilly 3rd C Seery 4th L Elliot 5th K Kendall
Giants 9 goals 10 behinds 64 points defeated Suns 9 goals 8 behinds 62
Best players for Giants 1st D Kenny 2nd J Emmerson
Sellars 3rd J Male 4th Ryan 5th M Lynch
Goal scorers M Lynch J Dalgleish Ryan J Male 2 goals each D Kenny 1 goal
Best players for Suns 1st B Gamdell 2nd J Brind 3rd
L Hobbs 4th J Priest 5th T Whitloch
Goal scorers J Brind 5 goals S Bacon L Weston J McCarthy L Johnson 1 goal
Bulldogs 10 goals 12 behinds 72 points defeated Hawks 4 goals 4 behinds
Best players for Bulldogs 1st D Moss 2nd L Rawlins
3rd L Holder 4th N Wyatt 5th E Zeptner
Goal scorers L Rawlins 3 goals L Holder D Moss E Zeptner 2 goals each R
Weetra 1 goal
Best players for Hawks 1st J Pillar 2nd B Caden 3rd
S Kerrish 4th J Mason 5th J Secker
Goal scorers S Kerrish 2 goals J Mason M Harrison 1 goal each