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Media Release 24 February 2014
This Easter will see the return of the Coober Pedy Opal Festival, an exciting day of fun and entertainment for
every age group! Planning for the Opal Festival is well underway. This year once again promises to be a great fun filled
family day. The Opal Festival Ball, street pa¬rade, novelty events, sideshow alley and conclusion of the first annual
Queen of the Desert Festival will all be features of the weekend.
The Coober Pedy Opal Festival will launch this year’s prosperous opal mining season as well as celebrate Coober Pedy
and outback South Australia’s rich opal heritage.
Starting at 1pm, the ever popular street parade will work its way from Coober Pedy’s unique main street to
OZ Minerals oval and be joined by the first annual Queen of the Desert Festival which starts in Marree on
Tuesday 15 April. The oval will feature entertainment for the whole family, including live music, novelty events for all,
local business stalls, food & beverage marquees, and a bigger sideshow alley than ever before.
The festival will continue into the night with Barossa cover band the Barking Ants performing live on stage and a
fireworks spectacular that will go off with a bang.
Council Event Officer, Clair Alford, will be coordinating this years Festival along with valuable assistance from
Chevahn Hoad. On the day volunteers are needed to help out with various aspects of the festival so please contact
Clair if you are available to provide assistance.
Clair can be contacted via:
T (08) 8672 4624
M 0448 811 799
For all events details please visit: opalfestival.com.au
Photos courtesy of Peter Rowe
The GREAT Breakaways’ Bolt Committee and the District Council of Coober Pedy are inviting Coober Pedy
Community Groups or Causes to apply for the proceeds raised from The GREAT Breakaways’ Bolt in 2014.
Please be aware that the proceeds are yet to be raised and the total amount is unknown until after the
event has taken place on Saturday 31 May 2014. Please be aware that the proceeds raised will be donated to one
Community Group or Cause and not divided among several.
All applications must be written:
- Addressed to The GREAT Breakaways’ Bolt Committee
- Outline what the money raised will be used for within the Community Group or Cause
- Outline how the use of the proceeds will benefit the local community
- Include contact details (postal address, phone number and email address) of Chairperson / President and Secretary
Completed applications are to be forwarded to:
Clair Alford, District Council of Coober Pedy
PO Box 425, Coober Pedy SA 5723
Or via email: email@example.com and must be received by close of business on Friday 25 April 2014.
Please direct any enquiries to Clair Alford at the District Council of Coober Pedy during business hours on
08 8672 4624 or via the email listed above.
A Centenary Committee has been formed to plan for the upcoming centenary of Coober Pedy.
Community members are encouraged to contribute ideas by contacting Clair Alford at the Council during business
hours on (08) 8672 4624.
A little history about our town: In 1915, the New Colorado Gold Prospecting Syndicate, comprising Mr Jim Hutchison,
his 14 year old son William, Mr Winch and Mr McKenzie were unsuccessfully prospecting for gold in outback
South Australia. The young lad, Willie had been left at camp to look after supplies but wandered off in search of
water. There was a degree of apprehension among the men when Willie failed to return by dusk. A short time later
he strode into camp with a grin on his face. Over his shoulder was slung a sugar bag full of opal. This was a very
fortuitous find for the young William - not only did he come across opal, but he also discovered something equally
as precious, a supply of fresh water. This discovery was made on 1 February 1915 – 8 days later, the group pegged
the first opal claim. The catalyst for Coober Pedy’s existence had been discovered. Word of the find spread quickly
and by the middle of 1916 miners had moved to the area.
Coober Pedy has since become one of the largest suppliers of gem quality opals to the world, boasting the title
“Opal Capital of the World”. The 100th anniversary of Coober Pedy’s existence is a credit to the resilience of the
Coober Pedy people. Come and celebrate our centenary!
Go to www.cooberpedy.sa.gov.au/centenary2015 for up-to-date information of planned activities and events.
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