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Fatal crash at Wirraminna in State's Far North

SA Police News 5 November

Driver fatigue appears to be the cause of a fatal crash where two people died last night on the Stuart Highway.
Just before 6pm, a car and road train collided on the Stuart Highway about 30kms south of Glendambo in the State's Far North.
The driver a 48-year old man from Coober Pedy and a 28-year-old woman also from Coober Pedy died at the scene.
Another three occupants of the car, a 25-year-old man and a 24 and 46-year-old woman all from Coober Pedy, were airlifted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital by the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Their injuries are not life threatening.
The truck driver escaped major injury and was taken to the Roxby Downs Hospital for observation.
The Stuart Highway was closed to all traffic for several hours while emergency services crews and Major Crash Investigators remained at the crash site.
Superintendent Bob Fauser, Officer In Charge of Traffic Support Branch, advised that the truck driver was not at fault and the preliminary cause of the crash appears to be driver fatigue.
These latest fatalities brings the State's road toll to 83, compared to 82 at the same time last year.

At the Brand SA Awards

David O'Connor, who has been a part of the Coober Pedy Community for 40 years, with Sue Radeka and Gai Didonna. Photo from Patrick Glover


Carpet Court is celebrating Coober Pedy's heritage, culture and lifestyle through design - banding local interiors enthusiasts together in its new Love the Look project and e-book.
The Love the Look project is calling on Coober Pedy's budding designers, aspiring style students and interiors addicts to share an original photo of an existing space or create their own perfect vignette* that best represents Eyre Peninsula. From the region's pristine coastline to its farmland and vineyards, Carpet Court is looking for the images that best represent Coober Pedy's unique style.
Showcasing the breadth of Aussie style and our diverse regions, the Love the Look e-book will bring together inspiring interior styling across the country as a reflection of our lifestyles, the local environment and history.
Carpet Court is offering the lucky winner an exclusive style session with Carpet Court ambassadors, and The Block superstars, Shelley Craft and Darren Palmer. The winner will also take home $2,500 cash, to fund their design dream.
Carpet Court's Natasha Gallardo says as local businesses, Carpet Court stores cater to the different lifestyles of South Australians.
"Each city and town across the country has its own local flavour inspired by their surroundings and way of life. We are really excited to showcase Australia's design diversity by celebrating our customers' own eye for style," she says.
The top 25 finalists will have their images showcased in Carpet Court's Love the Look e-book, a digital publication, which will be available in early 2015 and receive a $100 cash prize.
People can enter by uploading an original photo that showcases Coober Pedy's design style, with the decorator's permission of course!
To enter via Facebook:
1. Visit the Carpet Court Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CarpetCourt and like the page
2. Click on the Love the Look tab and enter

Entries close 17 December 2014.
For your nearest store visit www.carpetcourt.com.au

Gough Whitlam: a faithful husband and father

FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips

“It has been said that the most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today. “Gough Whitlam, who died today aged 98, is surely one who did just that. He remained faithful to his wife Margaret until death parted them, and continued to be a loving and generous father to their four children. I salute him!
“But I look back on his time in office with mixed feelings.
“The Family Law Act, passed by federal parliament on his watch, has not eliminated bitterness from divorce as many hoped. It sparked a huge increase in divorce, sometimes instigated unilaterally against the wishes of one partner – who was given just 12 months’ notice that all was not well. Even ‘amicable’ divorces have been shown to cause lasting emotional damage to children, who cannot understand why mummy or daddy no longer lives with them.”
Ros Phillips said the Family Law Act has not only facilitated divorce, it has led to less marriage. “People are saying, What’s the point?” she said. “The Family Law Act means that a husband or wife can cheat on their spouse, yet walk away with half the family property and possibly custody of the children most of the time. The decline in marriage means that more children are being born to single or cohabiting mothers, whose relationships are often fragile. We are seeing a generation of fatherless children, who grow up to disproportionately fill our prisons and psychiatrists’ offices.
“Gough was a family role model I wish many other political leaders would emulate,” Ros Phillips said. “But I cannot in all honesty same the same for his government’s legacy.”

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