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Coober Pedy man, 41, found dead after falling down disused mine shaft while searching for opals

AUGUST 02, 2014

THE body of a man who went missing while fossicking for opals at Coober Pedy has been found in a disused mine shaft.
THE body of a man who went missing while fossicking for opals at Coober Pedy has been found in a disused mine shaft.
The man, 41, of Coober Pedy, was noodling — searching through heaps of rock discarded from mine shafts — with a friend who reported him missing about 3.30pm on Saturday.
Emergency services attended an area of disused mines about 5km west of Coober Pedy in search of the man.
Police and mine rescue crews found the man’s body down a mine shaft about 10pm on Saturday.
Crews will retrieve the man’s body this morning.
His death is not being treated as suspicious and police will prepare a report for the Coroner.


Sensis is searching for Port Augusta's Community Star to feature on the cover of next year's Yellow Pages(r) and White Pages(r) directory.
Year on year, the Yellow Pages(r) and White Pages(r) Community Project showcases local residents who are achieving above and beyond expectations through innovative initiatives that help their community thrive.
The theme for next year's books, Australian Stars Rising Above, celebrates up and coming Australians who are making positive changes in their community. They could be young entrepreneurs championing a new idea, people achieving big things beyond their years, mentors supporting local talent or young people who are an inspiration to their peers. The main criteria - these rising stars are using their success to give back!
Sensis is searching for residents from the Eyre Peninsula, in northern South Australia, Whyalla, Port Augusta, Port Pirie and surrounding towns to be next year's Community Star, honoured on the cover of the Yellow Pages(r) and White Pages(r) directory for their ongoing commitment to their home town.
White Pages(r) Product Manager Sarah Simpson said locals actively committed to improving their town are examples of the type of people who could be nominated.
"Sensis is looking to highlight Port Augusta's rising stars. There's been a lot of talk about Gen Y and Z shying away from responsibility, but we've found younger generations are realising volunteering isn't just for the retired, they are giving back to their communities and using their influence to help others just as much as the generations before them," Ms Simpson said.
"We're calling on the Port Augusta community to nominate a worthy local who epitomises what the Community Project is all about, someone who is working hard to make positive changes and create brighter futures for locals."
People can nominate their local hero via the following channels:
* Visit www.whitepages.com.au and fill in the nominations form
* Like White Pages(r) Australia on Facebook and complete the nominations form
* Email communityproject@predge.com.au
* Direct message @Whitepages_au
* Fax your nominations to 03 8416 6880 or
* Post your nominations to Australian Stars Rising Above, Locked Bag 6501, South Yarra, VIC, 3141.
The nominated Community Star/s must have contributed to their community in one of the following ways:
* They give back in innovative ways - whether it's through a sustainable product, giving part of the proceeds of their business back to the community or their business is completely oriented to helping their community thrive
* They are recognised locally for offering advice and support to people in their community, including mentoring another person to help them achieve a goal or creating employment opportunities.
* They are using their business stature to enact positive change in their local community.
* They have created tools/resources to assist others in pursuing greatness.
* They regularly donate their time to help others.
* Initiated programs/activities to help the community.
Nominations close on 15 August 2014. Shortlisted nominees will be contacted by Sensis or its agency. The Community Star will be selected by a panel of judges.
Did you know? The previous local people to appear on the Port Augusta Yellow Pages(r) and White Pages(r) covers were:
2014/15: Stirling North teacher Danielle Barnes appears on the current cover under the theme Inspiring Others to Achieve. In 2012, she stepped away from classroom teaching to become a coach dedicated to improving literacy and numeracy practices. Danielle works alongside classroom teachers to reinvigorate and improve teaching practices and travels to remote communities to support regional teachers. Keen to ensure no child is left behind in their schoolwork, Danielle voluntarily tutors students needing more support.
2013/14: Stirling North resident Glenise Coulthard appeared on the cover under the theme Keeping Our Communities Healthy. Glenise was recognised for her efforts improving access to health services in local isolated Aboriginal communities. In 1995, Glenise became the first Aboriginal board member of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Central Operations and has played a major role putting Aboriginal health issues at the top of the RFDS agenda.
2012/13: Andamooka resident Peter Allen featured on the cover under the theme A Helping Hand, The Aussie Way. Peter's selection recognised his work as volunteer mayor of Andamooka. Donating more than 60 hours a week, Peter manages everything from rubbish collection and coordinating the town's water supply, to the rescue of stray dogs and the roll out of road maintenance.

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