SERIOUS ROAD CRASH NEAR MARLA IN STATE’S FAR NORTH

Saturday, 19 July 2014 7:02am

Second passenger dies following Far North crash

A second passenger has died from injuries sustained in a single vehicle rollover in the State’s Far North last week.

At about 11am on Friday 11 July, a Toyota Hi-Ace, carrying eight people, crashed on the Stuart Highway about one kilometre north of the Cadney Park roadhouse. Continue reading

PROPOSED CHANGES TO FEDERAL MINING OHS&W REGULATIONS DEFERRED

Proposed changes to federal mining occupational health safety and welfare (OHS&W) regulations to be implemented on the first of January 2012 have been deferred for twelve months, while lawmakers, Safe Work Australia and Safe Work SA to consider the implications/changes to any OHS&W regulations that affect miners. Continue reading

ONE SET OF REGULATIONS FOR ALL AUSTRALIAN MINING?

Draft model Codes of Practice open for public comment until 9 SEPT

Andamooka's Peter Allen speaks out on the proposed changes to mining regulations

Safe Work Australia in partnership with the Commonwealth and states are recommending alteration of work health and safety laws for all mining across Australia. 

This involves the opal mining industry and to this end the South Australian Opal Alliance met on Monday and Tuesday 15-16 August in Coober Pedy to discuss the proposed regulation changes to the mining industries.

Peter Allen representing Andamooka in the South Australian Opal Alliance said on Tuesday, that the Opal Alliance are working towards putting in a submission to try and ensure that the regulations address the differences in opal mining as opposed to the big end of town.

However, Peter said he was more hopeful of keeping the pokie machines out Andmooka than changing the planned regulations of Safe Work Australia. Continue reading

OUTBACK ROADS TEMPORARY CLOSURES, RESTRICTIONS & WARNING REPORTS

Due to heavy rain in some areas of the outback, Transport SA has issued road condition reports for the mid – far north of the state.  Travellers are advised to seek up to date information before venturing on to secondary roads.  Reports on areas include: Strzelecki/Birdsville Tracks | Oodnadatta Track | Gawler Ranges | Flinders Ranges….  Continue reading

MARLA-BORE HORSE TAKES HOME 120th CUP AT OODNADATTA

16 year old Marla/Mintabie schoolgirl, Daisian Taylor wins place at Bart Cummins and Gaye Waterhouse Equestrian School after local race   

The Oodnadatta-Oz Minerals Cup this year was named in honour of past President Ron Napier, who managed Allandale Station.    

Presenters of the Ron Napier Memorial Cup at Oodnadatta are Ron Napier’s children, Greg, Andrew and Tracey Napier with Jockey Helen Gow and Beccy. Centre are Peygronic’s owners and trainers from Marla, Ronald Boland with Peygronic and Daisian holding the winning Cup in front, with Mum Colleen, Natrell and Kelly

Ron passed away earlier in the year, and his children, Greg, Kenny and Tracy Hayes  were on hand to present the Cup to Ronald Boland and family, after their horse Peygronic won the Oodnadatta Cup ridden by jockey Helen Gow.  Continue reading

EIGHT ARRESTED – ALLEGEDLY TRAFFICKING DRUGS BETWEEN ADELAIDE & MINTABIE

Eight people were arrested after police moved in on a drug ring allegedly selling cannabis to Aboriginal communities in the far north of South Australia.

Coober Pedy Police [on Friday 5 March 2010] pulled over a vehicle on the Stuart Highway in the Far North of South Australia and discovered the driver, a female from Carrington near Adelaide, with a quantity of cannibis inside the body of her Ford sedan vehicle. Continue reading

TRUE COLOURS OF “OPAL SCAM”

Dear Editor,

Are recession preditors turning on their communities?

Upon reading the typical Advertiser (Adelaide Now) style  headline,  “Tourists duped in fake opal scam“, alarm bells began to ring.  Reading further and subsequently hearing it  rehearsed on regional radio, the picture became clearer.   “Boys cry wolf on competitors”. 

Is this the new style recession marketing plan of the contemporary Coober Pedy Miner come retailer, (incl. journos and other preditors), or have some of the old boys forgotton that this town thrived in hard times, attracting real workers, curious visitors and community spirit? Continue reading