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post Back to Beltana

September 25th, 2008

Filed under: Events — newseditor @ 6:12 pm

Back to Beltana is happening this weekend, September 27 -28th in the historic Beltana township. Come along for a game of bocce, camel rides, stalls, competitions, costume parade and general Beltana style cosmic fun! There will be a dance on Saturday night, ladies, frock up and bring a plate. On Sunday morning there will be a church service at the Smith of Dunesk Mission.

post Hello Reptiles!

September 25th, 2008

Filed under: Animal Nature — newseditor @ 3:20 pm

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The reptiles are out and about.

Please take care on the roads.

post Local Adnyamathanha muso’s join Yarnballa Festival lineup

September 24th, 2008

Filed under: Arts,Events — newseditor @ 11:57 am

The Adnyamathanha Women’s Choir will be taking the Yarnballa Festival stage at sunset, and look who else is in the mix – the irrepressible Ken McKenzie. 

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Musicians and songwriters taking part in the Yarnballa Festival Music Workshops in Port Augusta are writing a song to capture the spirit of Yarnballa that will be performed at the Festival’s opening ceremony on the shores of the Spencer Gulf.

Under the guidance of acclaimed singer/songwriter Sonny Keeler, who is conducting songwriting classes as part of the six-week workshop, the local muso’s are developing an anthem for South Australia’s first Indigenous Arts and Culture Festival.
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post Raising Sturt’s Desert Pea

September 23rd, 2008

Filed under: Greening Copley — newseditor @ 7:55 pm

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Pamela has handed over her secret for raising the Sturt’s Desert Peas:

Pour boiling water over the seeds and leave them submerged for a few days until they grow their first shoots. Then carefully scoop them up in a spoonful of water and transplant them very gently without handling them. You can plant them directly out into a sandy part of the garden but until they strengthen, give them a little bit of shade and keep them watered.

And that’s the trick. Something else Pamela has discovered that is worth keeping in mind when growing Sturt’s Desert Pea is that the seeds she has bought commercially have been non seed producing hybrids, so your best bet if you want to continue to grow this stunning biennial is to collect seeds from local seeding plants.

post Mother of the Bride

September 23rd, 2008

Filed under: Your Stories — newseditor @ 12:23 pm

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Joy and Therese with Therese’s daughter Mary-Louise on her wedding day in Coober Pedy on the weekend. Sweet! Photo sent in by Marg Mackay. More on the wedding on the Coober Pedy Regional Times news site.

post Copley Phoenix, Edition 28

September 22nd, 2008

Filed under: Copley Phoenix/Newsletter — newseditor @ 2:51 pm

Produced by volunteer Di Starick with the support volunteers and private donations, this 20 page colour issue has photographs of the Copley and Districts Gymkhana at Beltana, community markets and RFDS events, and coverage of various local issues, opportunities and events. 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

post Parnell Calls for Ban on Mining at Arkaroola

September 22nd, 2008

Filed under: Earth — newseditor @ 2:24 pm

Greens MLC Mark Parnell will again try to ban mining in the iconic Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary by introducing this week a Private Members Bill into State Parliament.

“The announcement today of the discovery by University of Melbourne researchers of a 650 million year old ancient underwater reef only 6 km from Arkaroola emphasises just how precious this area is,” Mr Parnell said.

“Some places are just too valuable to mine, and Arkaroola is clearly one of those,” he said.

Mark Parnell recently visited the Sanctuary to see first hand the damage caused by Marathon Resources, the company caught by police illegally dumping waste in shallow pits, and vandalising a unique rocky outcrop listed on the Register of the National Estate. The cleanup of the damage has yet to commence, while drilling activities have been suspended.

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post Ancient giant underwater reef found at Oodnaminta, Northern Flinders Ranges

September 22nd, 2008

Filed under: Earth,Events — newseditor @ 10:45 am

The Oodnaminta Reef discovery is being outlined at the Geological Society of Australia’s (Victoria Division) Selwyn Symposium 2008, at the University of Melbourne, Thursday 25 September. Details of the Symposium follow the media release.

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In what is a major international discovery, three Australian scientists have located the upturned remnants of what was once a giant underwater reef – with an escarpment ten times higher than the Great Barrier Reef – in the Northern Flinders Ranges in outback South Australia.

The reef is about 650 million years old and is the only known reef complex of this age anywhere in the world. The next closest aged series of reefs found to-date are around 800 million years old and located in Arctic Canada.

And while they are yet to confirm it scientifically, the scientists – Mr Jonathan Giddings, Associate Professor Malcolm Wallace and Ms Estee Woon from the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne – believe that peculiar fossils of possible multi-cellular organisms found in the reef could be the earliest examples of primitive animal life discovered to-date.
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post Catchment Detox

September 22nd, 2008

Filed under: Kids — newseditor @ 10:34 am

Ok kids of all sizes, want to test your skills at community planning? Check out Catchment Detox, a game of sustainability hosted by the ABC.

The challenge is to manage a river catchment so that after 100 years you have a healthy economy and a healthy environment.

Let us know how you go, we might have a job for you.

post Coober Pedy Regional Times Goes Live

September 18th, 2008

Filed under: Bits and Pieces,Who is? — newseditor @ 7:06 pm

After 26 years of print circulation, the Coober Pedy Regional Times has jumped into cyberspace. In addition to the statewide distribution and online free download of the fortnightly newspaper, CPRT are now up and blogging their unique blend of homegrown stories and edgy news across the region. Posts are open for comment.

Watch this space: http://cooberpedyregionaltimes.wordpress.com/

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