ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: CAMEL SUPPLY CHAIN PROJECT FOR APY LANDS

The Australian Government is supporting social and economic projects that benefit remote Indigenous communities by taking advantage of a vast food source in the Outback.

The camel supply chain project will aid the creation of jobs and employment-related participation activity, with Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Inc receiving $430,000 for the project. Continue reading

FIRE DESTROYS FREGON COMMUNITY STORE

Kaltjiti/Fregon Community on APY Lands - Google Earth Image

Kaltjiti/Fregon Community on APY Lands – Google Earth Image

Police in the state’s Far North are investigating the circumstances of a fire that has destroyed the Kaltjiti/Fregon community store, causing an estimated $2m in damages.

The alarm was raised before midnight when a fire was noticed at the rear of the store about 11pm. The fire  quickly engulfed the store.

The Mintabie Fire Brigade responded but arrived 2 hours later to find the entire building and contents destroyed.

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NEW ALCOHOL RULES IN COOBER PEDY

Monday, 30 September 2013 9:10am

New rules come into effect from today regarding the purchase of alcohol in Coober Pedy.

The South Australia Liquor and Gambling Commissioner, Paul White, announced the new rules for take-away alcohol sales in the outback township in an effort to curb alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour.

Takeaway sales of cask wine will be banned, while wine and spirits will be limited to one bottle per person per day.

Takeaway sales will also banned to anyone from defined “prescribed lands”, including the Umoona Community, Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, and other Aboriginal lands in South Australia, Western Australian and the Northern Territory. Continue reading

ALCOHOL SEIZED AND DESTROYED NEAR COOBER PEDY

Alcohol seized and destroyed by police suspected of travelling to APY Lands

Alcohol seized and destroyed by police suspected of travelling to APY Lands

A vehicle suspected of illegally trafficking alcohol onto the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytajatjara (APY) lands was stopped by police early Friday morning Friday, 21 June 2013 on the Stuart Highway near Coober Pedy.

The Holden stationwagon with seven male occupants was searched and alcohol seized along with a small amount of cannabis in three re-sealable plastic bags.

Police issued two occupants of the vehicle with cannabis expiation notices, while three expiations were also issued for occupants not wearing their seatbelts.

It is illegal to take alcohol onto the APY lands, with police having the authority to seize and destroy alcohol if some attempts to traffic it into the area.

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