August 30th, 2008
Beneath dramatic rain clouds today’s first Community Market was a great success, raising money for the new art gallery and stallholders. Moggsie’s cakes were a hit as usual, Siobhan received lots of generous support for her Blessed Broodmare fundraiser, which has been extended to be drawn on September 30th, and there was an excited run on plants, bags, toys and handmade goodies. It was great to see people from Leigh Creek and further afar.
We’re celebrating the success with an encore this weekend, Saturday September 6th, 11am – 4pm at 33 Railway Terrace East, Copley.
If you’re ready for a spring clean of your wardrobe, a tidy up of your craft corner or sharing some fresh produce or some other goodies, feel free to join us with stall for a $10 donation, or drop in with some pocket money and some friends and check out the range of fresh fruit, plants, vege seedlings, original framed artworks, toys, bags, fresh cakes, handcrafts, trash and treasure and antique collectables.
Stay tuned for notices of the Community Market continuing on a monthly basis!
August 29th, 2008
A letter from Dalry, Malacca, Malaysia
My what a lively forum the Copley web page presents. Great stuff! Considering recent events in which some of you at Copley have participated it seems appropriate to comment on local activities here in Malaysia. Enjoy!
Every year, during the seventh month of the Chinese Calendar, it is believed that the Gates of Hell are opened and all Hell beings (actually only those who are well-behaved) will be set free to roam at will on Earth for a month. In this month, many spirits roam the world in search of their past memories to fulfil unforgotten attachments. As such, these are called the “hungry ghosts” and the festival is also called the Hungry Ghost Festival.
August 24th, 2008
These are just a few of the Eremophilas – or is it Eremophili? – presently flowering around Copley. The eremophila, meaning desert lover, is a identifiable by its distinctive flower, although the foliage comes in a vast array of shapes and sizes from large blue-green shrubs to dark wiry ground covers. Many of the species of the Eremophila genera thrive in Copley’s arid alkaline clay conditions, including Maculata, Decipiens, Youngii, Drumondii, Glabbra, Biserrata, Subteretifolia, Stenophylla, Dicroantha, some of which are pictured here. These are a clear winner for greening Copley!
If you’re in Port Augusta feast your eyes on the incredible range growing at the Arid Lands Botanical Garden where you can buy several species from their enthusiastic volunteer run nursery open on Wednesday mornings at a very reasonable price.
Information on cultivating Eremophilas is offered by the Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants, and keep an eye out for seedlings at the upcoming community markets.
August 24th, 2008
Laying rest once and for all to the too often asked question ‘Where the *** *** is Copley?’ what can only be described as a stroke of genius by the Copley Awareness Group (CAG), with assistance from the RAF to either confirm or deny the presence of this too often forgotten outback bastion. While swarms of tourists pass by the town, oblivious to its many services, perplexed locals have been pondering the problem and the answer came literally from high above. CAG president, Theodore Bogsworth called upon his Rotary Club pal and long term ally Captain Strangelove, group leader of the Orion P3 Squadron based in Edinburgh, Adelaide. The $600,000 mission finally received approval after Strangelove convinced military command that the value of the Orion fleet could be proven statistically if the location and whereabouts of Copley could be confirmed, thereby enabling lost tourism revenue to finally flow into the town, a percentage of which would be allocated by CAG to help with escalating refueling costs of the Orion fleet. The success of the mission rests upon the publication of photos from todays mission, which will be sent to tourism operators around the world who oddly denied that Copley exists or is a tourism destination. There is absolutely no confirmation as yet but rumour has it that other lost towns will be put back on the map as an extension of the CAG-RAF mission.
August 17th, 2008
The winter fair has transformed into the community market! Kicking off on Saturday 30th August, you are invited to join the fun by gathering a few goodies and holding a stall of your own. We hope to see the community market ongoing, with fresh local produce, plants and handicrafts. Bring your ideas, your friends and your pocket money!
August 15th, 2008
A sad farewell this week to a much loved Copley character, a connoisseur of fine and other foods, a stegosaurus in a jack russell’s body, a good friend and gentleman. Lots of love and safe trip to you, Mr Anderson.
August 8th, 2008
Cosmic brocolli from the Chapel of the Eighth Sister!
August 6th, 2008
The Copley Newsletter has rebirthed as the Copley Phoenix! Produced by volunteer Di Starick with the support volunteers and private donations, this bumper 24 page colour issue has photographs of regional community events, information on local issues and services, community notices, cheeky poetry and more… download as a 1.6mb pdf or pickup a printed copy at Gerry’s Antique and Collectables store, Pika Wiya, the Old Schoolhouse, Leigh Creek PO, Open Cut Cafe and Leigh Creek Service Station.
The Copley Phoenix is printed with the kind support of the Leigh Creek Area School. Letters to the editor and content submissions can be sent to the Editor at PO Box 65, Leigh Creek, 5731
August 6th, 2008
The following is an excerpt from a recent comment made by a reader pondering the effectiveness of currently funded community projects in addressing the root of the many chronic health problems faced in our community, a question worth opening up in a new thread for discussion:
Building Healthy Communities is meant to concentrate on improving the outcomes of chronic disease processes, but seems to focus on lifestyle health issues to a certain degree. I am on the steering group so hope to have an impact on some research into the real issues of chronic disease here.
One question which keeps popping up in my mind is, the big “WHY” we are being guided into believing that all out health problems are related only to our lifestyle, without the baseline parameters yet to be identified.
Why is there a chronic alcohol problem? Why is there a high rate of asthma and other breathing problems? Why is there an extremely high rate of cancer in this area? Why is there a high rate of kidney disease? Why are there many kids here with ADHD and learning difficulties?
OK…we know nutrition is a problem, [and] is being addressed in BHC. We know that lack of exercise is a major factor in obesity, and that is being addressed. We know that addiction and misuse of alcohol and drugs and gambling is rife… depression and mental illness is also high… but how are we to address this issue if we don’t understand the reason?
Di, August 2, 2008
August 6th, 2008
The Coober Pedy Regional Times features a spread on Copley in the latest edition, continuing the public discussion on many of the issues of concern to our local, regional and online communities, including freedom of speech, water management and local governance.
Download the excerpt here, or get yourself a copy of the latest Coober Pedy Regional Times online.