SPATE OF EARTHQUAKES HIT SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S FAR NORTH

Location of 6.1 earthquake near Ernabella (Geoscience Australia)

A spate of earthquakes all within a week of each other have occurred in South Australia’s Far North with three strikes on the APY Lands.

A significant 6.1 earthquake struck near Ernabella (Pukatja), Fregon and Indulkana on the APY Lands at 8.25pm South Australian Daylight Savings Time CDT Friday night 23 March 2012.

The Ernabella quake occurred at a shallow depth of 3 km and according to Geoscience Australia may have been felt by people up to 507 km away and could have caused damage up to 40 km away. 

Mintabie residents on the APY Lands some 160 km away did not feel anything.  Continue reading

DRUG STASH ($150K) FOUND IN ADELAIDE – ALICE SPRINGS BUS LUGGAGE

Police sniffer dogs have found a commercial quantity of drugs stashed in luggage on a northbound bus in Alice Springs overnight.

Police were checking the Stuart Highway bus from Adelaide when sniffer dogs found an estimated $150,000 worth of drugs in a 24-year-old man’s swag. Continue reading

WILLIAM CREEK & OODNADATTA HOST STRANDED TOURISTS AFTER HEAVY RAINS

Stony Creek flows across the Oodnadatta Track on Monday 23 August 2010 after torrential rains. Photo: Adam Plate

Between 80 – 100 travellers are currently stranded at William Creek event after torrential rains engulfed the far north over the past 24 hours.

Some of the stranded include visitors who travelled for the district’s annual Bronco Branding event over the weekend.

A further 30 – 40 travellers are holding up at the Pink Roadhouse in Oodnadatta where rain fell heavily in the region. Continue reading

WILL APY-MINTABIE BILL BE REPEALED IF FOUND TO HAVE NIL EFFECT?

Dear Editor,

A Crushing Blow to Civil Rights in Australia

UPDATE: On 3/12/2009 Hansard records research performed by Ms. Chapman had revealed NIL statistical evidence existed to justify this new legislation. In my and other’s opinion it was only successful because of party numbers.
 
The APY-Mintabie Amendment bill now needs to signed off by S.A. Governor Scarce. It is now his job to make sure this bill is constitutionally and legally valid and does not double up on existing laws.
 
Faxes outlining objections have been sent to the SA Governor’s office – 08 82039899, asking him to give careful thought prior to signing off this Wednesday.

PRECEDENT, INTERVENTION STYLE LEGISLATION FOR OUTBACK TOWN 

South Australians may be interested to know about recent events relating to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights (Mintabie) Amendment Bill 2009.  View here

The APY-Mintabie Amendment Bill has been passed through the Lower House of Assembly.  Will this Bill be repealed if it is found to have nil effect? 

It was illuminating to see the true colours of some South Australian politicians emerge when reading the record of debate in Hansard, 1/12/2009.  Continue reading

UNITED NATIONS INDIGENOUS EXPERT ARRIVES IN AUSTRALIA

GENEVA / CANBERRA – The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, James Anaya, arrived in Australia, 17th August.

Mr. Anaya’s visit will visit until the 28th August. Continue reading