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COOBER PEDY IGA CELEBRATES WIN AT IGA RETAILER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
23 July 2015, Coober Pedy – Coober Pedy IGA is celebrating after winning the prestigious national award for
IGA General Merchandise Department of the Year at the annual Independent Grocers of Australia (IGA)
Retailer of the Year Awards held on the Gold Coast on the 20 July 2015.
The awards, hosted by actor and comedian Shane Jacobson, recognised the efforts of the store and its
staff in the community and placed Coober Pedy IGA as the benchmark for other IGA supermarkets across
The store was nominated for the national award after winning five awards in the South Australia IGA
Retailer of the Year Awards in May 2015 for General Merchandise, Produce, Grocery and Dairy-Freezer
Departments of the Year and the highest accolade of the awards, SA IGA Retailer of the Year.
The national awards were judged on a range of criteria including what the store is famous for, customer
service, community pride, living the IGA brand values, merchandising and the store’s overall performance.
The store is famous in the area for delivering a one-stop local shopping experience for its customers, with
the local Carter family and their team responsible for developing an extensive range of general merchandise
across every category in store to cater for the needs of the local Coober Pedy community.
As part of its general merchandise offering, the store even boasts its own hardware section; stocking
everything from fridges and washers to plumbing and painting supplies, to provide shoppers with a complete
offering under one roof.
Speaking about their win, Penelope Carter said, “It’s fantastic to be acknowledged on a national level for
our product range and the service we offer to shoppers. We’ve worked hard to develop a merchandise range
that suits our shoppers to ensure we provide them with a great local shopping experience on every visit.”
The award was presented to Penelope and Declan Carter by Executive General Manager Retail Network, Russell
Parker and IGA National Council Chairman, Ben Ryan.
Ben said the National Retailer of the Year Awards was considered a great honour amongst the IGA group, with
competition becoming stronger each year.
“The National Retailer of the Year Awards acknowledge the hard work, commitment and excellence our stores
have demonstrated all year.
“The Carter’s and their experienced team have done an incredible job and this award is testament to their
excellence on so many levels. Their family business and its achievements truly demonstrate the essence of
independent retailing and what it really means to be an IGA retailer,” Ben concluded.
The IGA Retailer of the Year Awards take place each year at a gala dinner during the Metcash Food and
Grocery Expo on the Gold Coast to celebrate success across IGA’s network of 1,400 stores. Over 6,000
retailers and suppliers visit Expo from across the Metcash business.
Why Aussie kids need protection from ‘Safe Schools’ programs
FamilyVoice Australia, 23 July 2015
Screen grabs from Minus18 published in yesterday’s Brisbane Times
“Bill O’Chee, Brisbane father of school-aged children, is ‘outraged and disgusted’ – and rightly so,”
FamilyVoice Australia research officer Ros Phillips said today.
“Bill’s article in yesterday’s Brisbane Times sounded the alarm about the federal government’s
“Safe Schools” programs – in particular, the Safe Schools Hub, but also the Safe Schools Coalition.
Their websites and resources can link children to the Minus18 website – which also acts as an online dating
service with the potential to attract predators.
“As Bill O’Chee points out, Minus18 – which says it is ‘Australia’s largest network for LGBT youth’ – asks
users to register by answering questions such as age, sexual identity, ‘outness’, gender, location
and preferences. They can then research profiles of other users and connect with them online.
“Carol Ronken of Bravehearts has warned that sex offenders can use the Minus18 website to target vulnerable
Ros Phillips said Minus18 is promoted on the website of the Safe Schools Coalition – now operating in 362
schools across Australia, funded by $8 million from the federal government.
“I have long been concerned about the misleading and dangerous messages promoted by the Safe Schools
Coalition,” Ros Phillips said. “It purports to prevent bullying, but ignores the main victims (eg
those with body shape or abilities different from the norm).
“Thousands of Australians have signed an open letter to the Prime Minister outlining the dangers of
this program. We are calling on the federal government to defund it and divert taxpayers' money to proven
programs like Choose Respect or CASSE Peaceful Schools.
“I'm sure like all of us, Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne believe our school kids deserve protection from
all types of bullying."
Homing Society release pigeons at Coober Pedy
The Whyalla Homing Society released their race pigeons from Coober Pedy on Saturday 18th July at 7-45am.
Weather conditions were clear with slight South winds.
In Whyalla for most of the day we had light South winds, very low temperatures.
All members indicated they had good returns on the day and would have good numbers for the Derby in a
couple of weeks.
The distance is 521 kilometres from Whyalla, with the race pigeons travelling to Coober Pedy on Friday
night, prior to the release.
They are transported in a specially designed trailer which allows feeding and watering during transport.
The Port Augusta club provided the drivers to release the race birds at Coober Pedy.
The clocking times were very close with two groups of race birds arriving 30 minutes apart.
First and second position were only 1 second apart once the clock prints were read.
The winner was Wayne Smith clocking his race pigeon at 3-59-20pm.
Wayne Armstrong had the leading clock time by 13 seconds but was moved to second position once the over
fly adjustments were calculated.
Wayne clocked his leading bird at 3-59-07pm.
Alan Bails clocked one minute after the leading clock of Wayne Armstrong at 4-00-08pm narrowly missing
a higher place.
Alan also has a small number of race birds and should be congratulated on his charge and the
Fourth place was Craig Roberts clocking at 4-04-02pm, with Craig's wife Cheryl clocking the leading bird in
Although there were some comments regarding the cold temperatures and waiting so long.
We are greatful and should thank our partners and friends that assist while we are away or incapacitated.
The champion flyer could be one of three senior members, with close competition expected to the end of
Fortunes can change dramatically as the distances increase.
The Whyalla Homing Society will contest two races next weekend being Tintinara and Keith.
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