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Coober Pedy Council keen for continued liquor licensing restrictions
abcnews, Fri 16 Jan 2015
The Coober Pedy Council is hoping a review into restrictions around the sale of takeaway alcohol will
keep them in place.
The Business and Consumer Affairs Commissioner, Dini Soulio, is reviewing the restrictions, which
include a ban on the sale of cask wine.
Mayor Steve Staines said the measures, which were introduced in 2013, appeared to be working.
"The benefits of the restrictions I think are felt I think through the business community and the
community at large," he said.
"So we just want to keep those restrictions in place as they are, we just want to make sure that
review mirrors the attitude of the community and that is that we want to keep the benefits that those
restrictions have implemented for us.
"We're certainly hoping that the commission will make the decision which is in the best interest of
our community and not necessarily liquor retailers because I think certainly any profits made through
the misery of others is certainly not a moral and just profit.
Meanwhile, Coober Pedy's airstrip will be sealed and widened by the end of next month.
Work has began yesterday to make the runway compliant with Civil Aviation Safety Authority standards
introduced last year.
The SA Government has funded the $1.3 million project, which is overseen by the local council.
Mining company Arrium to cut 600 jobs in SA amid falling iron ore price
By Matthew Doran
<>bMining company Arrium is cutting almost 600 jobs as it closes one of its iron ore operations in
the far north of South Australia.
The Southern Iron project is centred in a region south of Coober Pedy.
Up to 200 full-time positions will go, along with 380 contractors.
The company said the cuts come after falls in the iron ore price of about 45 per cent.
Arrium's chief executive of mining Greg Waters said the entire mining business would have been underr
threat had it not closed the Southern Iron Ore project.
He said the drop in the iron ore price made the financial position of the company's mining operations grim.
"One of the concerns we obviously had was that this could put the entire [mining] business in
jeopardy," Mr Waters said.
The reductions at both the Southern Iron Ore operation as well as supporting mechanisms back in
Whyalla were necessary to protect the rest of the mining business, he said.
Federal local MP Rowan Ramsey said while it was unwelcome news, the reality was Arrium had been
dealing with a huge drop in the price of iron ore since they opened the mine.
"The mining will cease, I would have thought immediately," Mr Ramsey said.
"We would all hope that the falling iron ore prices is temporary, but it's not likely to be
temporary for two weeks," he said.
"It's going to take some time for some of the economies to pick up and start using more steel, so it
may be some time."
SA's Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the iron ore industry worldwide was
adjusting to a collapse in global prices.
"This significant fall in pricing has put enormous pressure on iron ore mines across Australia, including
in the NT and WA. South Australia is not immune," Mr Koutsantonis said.
"My thoughts are with the affected workers, contractors and their families who are receiving the news.
"I have spoken directly with Arrium Mining's chief executive and expressed my disappointment with
"Arrium has indicated it will honour all employee entitlements and look at opportunities for
deployment of affected workers, where possible."
Job losses to be felt across the region
Local Labor MP Eddie Hughes said the closure was not a surprise but any loss of jobs in the region
was unwelcome news.
Mr Hughes said the outer harbour in Whyalla would be mothballed with iron ore exports out of the
area to reduce from 13 million tonnes per year down to nine million tonnes.
"We're working through the implications at the moment," he said.
"That will have an impact on contractors here in Whyalla which will feed through the economy and
have an impact on retailers and others.
"A lot of the people that are working up at Peculiar Knob near Coober Pedy are fly-in fly-out workers
coming out of Adelaide, so there's implications for people who live in Adelaide.
"Clearly the biggest implications are for the Whyalla and Coober Pedy communities."
Mr Hughes praised Arrium for taking the decision to scale back operations to try and safe-guard
some of the jobs rather than run the company into the ground.
"In a way there's no sugar coating this," he said.
"Some decisions have been made to ensure long-term viability, but at the end of the day job losses
hurt the workers involved, the families and the communities.
"Arrium has done all it can to ensure it is a strong and viable company in Whyalla and are
continuing to do that," he said.
Great Southern Rail schedules to set down passengers at Manguri
For the 2015/2016 season, Great Southern Rail has extended its legendary Ghan experience by
a day, launching a new four-day/three-night service which allows more time to take in iconic
Australian sights and destinations.
The extra day and night, added to the Ghan’s southbound Darwin to Adelaide route, make this a
76-hour adventure featuring more time in Alice Springs, a new excursion to Coober Pedy - which this year
celebrates its centenary - and an optional trip to Uluru (Ayers Rock).
The Ghan Expedition, only available during peak season (23rd May – 22nd August 2015) includes:
• A full day’s touring in Alice Springs concluding with a dinner under the stars at the magnificent
• A full day’s touring in the underground town of Coober Pedy, renowned as the opal mining
capital of the world. There is also a chance to see the stunning outback moonscape of the Breakaways
• An optional scenic flight of the ultimate Australian icon, Uluru (at extra cost)
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