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Coober Pedy to stage 100 Year Ball on April 3
Peter and Aine Stirling at the Breakaways Conservation Park preparing to celebrate Coober
Pedy’s centenary. Picture: TOM HUNTLEY
EVEN Coober Pedy’s laid-back lifestyle on the desert edge will bow to a bit of formality as
the world’s opal mecca prepares to celebrate its centenary over the Easter long weekend.
Residents Aine and Peter Stirling gave us a preview of how sophisticated evening style and the
stark, desert landscapes will mesh to underscore the town’s 100 Year Ball on April 3.
The Ball will be a focal point of the celebrations in the Far North mining town, about 845km from Adelaide.
The Stirlings showed off their Ball style in advance, using one of the area’s natural wonders, the
Breakaways Conservation Park as their backdrop.
“Everyone in town is getting really excited about the celebrations and reuniting with so
many old friends,’’ said Aine, an opal sales assistant and mine tour guide.
“It’s probably the best year Coober Pedy is going to have with all the centenary events.’’
Mayor Stephen Staines said the Ball would pay homage to the town’s history, pioneers and
cultural mix, including a decade by decade photographic display.
“It’s not often that people in Coober Pedy get the chance to dress up,’’ he said.
“But this year, our centenary year, there will be plenty of opportunities.’’
Ball organisers are encouraging those attending to dress up in evening wear like the
Stirlings or national costumes to reflect the town’s eclectic mix of 45 nationalities.
Naturally it won’t be all formalities and ceremonies in such a frontier town.
Festivities kick off on Thursday April 2 with a giant party and multicultural festival in the
main street followed by the Ball on Good Friday, the Coober Pedy Opal Festival
on April 4 and a reunion lunch at the Coober Pedy Area School on Easter Sunday.
The Coober Pedy Gem Trade Show is on April 4 and 5, enabling miners, retailers and wholesalers from
around the world to showcase their products.
More details at cooberpedy.sa.gov.au/tourism
Originally published as Desert ball will party like no other.
Coober Pedy 100 Years Old
From a reader
I read that you are shortly celebrating 100 Years. The attached picture may
be of interest. We drove from Alice Springs to Adelaide on holiday in May
1961 after travelling north on the “Ghan”. Friends in Adelaide has advised
against the drive, so the train one-way was a compromise.
From memory Brewster’s Store was about the only above ground building. They
sold us petrol, but would provide no water – that was available at a
property some miles south, along the road that was little more than a two
wheel track through the sand-dunes.
41 Manton Street
Hindmarsh SA 5007
From the DCCP March Ordinary meeting
Eleven people from the public; seven councillors.
From the Works Dept report:
Twenty-four dogs destroyed.
Waste Depot re-location not resolved.
No development on Lake Phillipson sand.
Cr Boro Rapaic:
For 35 years managers have been at the meeting to present their reports.
Now they are not.
They shoulod be present.
The 7.30 Public Addresses
Mr Darryl Borrett of Coober Pedy Concrete asked why the Work sManager has allowed the
supply of aggregate to certain contractors, but not to Coober Pedy Concrete.
Mr Dale Price asked for the DCCP to pay $4000, out of Community Grants, for the new lighting system for
the Gem Trade Show.
Mr Trevor Berry reported a suuccessful Australia Day celebration.
The newly elected councillors on the Works Committee are Albert McCormack, Boro Rapaic and
Question Without Notice
Can Managers be invited back to Council Meetings?
Quote of the evening
"For once my voice is not loud enough." Cr Paul Athanasiadis as he turned on his table microphone.
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