post Copley Newsletter Edition 24

April 26th, 2008

Filed under: Copley Phoenix/Newsletter — newseditor @ 5:15 pm

Another bumper issue, the Copley Newsletter Edition 24, April 2008 is ready to download as a 1.9mb pdf. (20 pages, use your page down to move through the pages) This month’s edition contains some great photos of the Gymkhana.

Edited by Di Starick, printed with the support of the Leigh Creek Area School.


I’d like to take this opportunity to say congratulations, Di, for producing for the 24th time a newsletter for our community. Thankyou for your initiative in getting this great project going and keeping it going. Thankyou for volunteering your time, energy, motivation and spirit. Your enthusiastic readership extends not only to Leigh Creek and other neighbouring communities but also to our friends and family interstate who enjoy keeping in touch with the goings on of our town. Your efforts are inspiring, well done!  – amt


  1. Thank you AMT, using the criteria you spoke of today….3 reasons for doing something…and you need 2 of them or don’t do it…..1. do it for the money, 2. it should be interesting, 3. it should be fun. OK I have the 2 best ones doing the heaps more. I don’t get paid, so that one is out. I always find it interesting, getting the stories, writing them up and taking the photos. I am learning all the time how to improve. It is fun a lot of the time. But, along with all that is the knowledge that communication is happening, something this community needs and wants. I have met the most amazing people through searching out the stories. I get to go to all the events and talk to everyone(one of my most favourite things). I get to work with people who are supportive and amazingly clever and are teaching me stuff about computers, the programs, and what is possible in life. I have gained so many friends and a few enemies. But all in all, I know that both have been gained by searching for the truth. This cannot be a bad thing.

    Comment by di — April 26, 2008 @ 10:51 pm

  2. You don’t get paid? Why not?

    Comment by Temple — April 27, 2008 @ 11:52 am

  3. I have volunteered my services to see a community newsletter come into being, to see communication in a small town where no-one knew what was happening around them. It is a divided town in many ways and my wish was to build bridges across those divisions. Some people perceived slights when they didn’t know what was going on in their own community, and yet others spread such silly gossip that hurt other people. I could see the rifts from a different perspective because I was new to the area at the time. It was an advantage to not know the history of the place, its people, its family feuds etc. Another aspect was the commencement of Building Healthy Communities with workshops and outings and events going on all the time. I felt it important to spread that word and assist in preventative disease processes which are rife out here in the desert. My background was in nursing, midwifery, child & adolescent Health, and research into Mental Health issues and Health improvement Initiatives. I felt that a healthy community is one which communicates. Another aspect was the self-esteem quotient when a shy person suddenly finds a photo of themselves in print. I have seen such amazing positive changes in some of our residents when this has occurred. Now their photos are heading out into cyber space for the world to see….they are ‘stoked’.
    I love this place, most of its people and the positive contribution the newsletter is making here.
    Thank you for your question, as it has allowed me to answer a question others have wondered about as well.

    Comment by di — April 28, 2008 @ 12:58 am

  4. The Copley newsletter is an amazing service for the people of Copley and the district..full of insights about health, aboriginal stories, great art and many meaningful questions directed at improving the community. The question on everyones lips is that why would such an insult of advertising for a ‘newsletter’ be delivered when someone has been directing their energy and resources at providing this terrific service? Is this because said editor is courageous enough to ask questions that others are too feeble to ask..and is said insult a slap on the wrist to said editor for same?…The newsletter has a fabulous reputation and people who make such insults should carefully consider their motives of trying to undermine such a community spirited endeavour…such stunts are not are part of building healthy communities and are in fact suggestive that certain parts of the community are indeed quite unhealthy.

    I second the praise offered by the editor above and thank Miss Starick for her wonderful creativity and genius and trust people will support her endeavours and not further abuse already questionable institutions of governance in such petty and nasty pursuits.

    Comment by Fair-Fax — April 28, 2008 @ 8:27 am

  5. yes, i too wholeheartedly agree with the sentiments above. Di: congratulations. the latest issue is warm, funny, informative, thoughtful and entertaining. like every issue has been. your work has been a true labour of love and a very welcome gift to our community. it really makes a difference. thank you!

    to those in the Copley Progress Association who want a new newsletter in town (“Copley Pravda” anyone?), and have circulated the invitation to bid for the “job” (though there was no mention of any pay that i could see) i also have a message and it is this:


    that’s it! have a great day and thanks again Di


    Comment by star man — April 30, 2008 @ 5:50 am

  6. Fair-Fax, the newsletter does not have a fabulous reputation, despite what you and your arty farty friends may think. For most it is seen as the editor’s own personal mouthpiece, and more often than not ends up straight in the bin. A complete waste of paper and ink!

    Comment by Ron — May 1, 2008 @ 3:34 pm

  7. Thanks for joining the discussion, ‘Ron’. For more useful ways for ‘most’ people to recycle paper, see the post on Easy Hot Compost.

    Comment by newseditor — May 1, 2008 @ 5:33 pm

  8. Thank you all for your support. It seems that funding has been stopped, so other avenues for continuation will need to be thought about. So far, no reason for this action has been forthcoming and there has been no personal discussion with me. I, as the editor, and the Copley Newsletter, have been dismissed.
    Of course, there is an expectation that the Copley Newsletter will cease to be, but this is far from the truth. The funding from OACDT has made it easy to get the newsletter out to the community, who see the need for it. Without this funding, it will be a little more difficult, but not impossible. I have received many letters and comments of support for the newsletter in its present format, so, in response to that community need, I will continue to provide an independent newsletter.
    I believe that The Copley & District Progress Association Inc. have set out their proposal, outlining their perceived needs for a community newsletter. They have assumed that they know what you, the community wants and will retain complete control over content, costs, distribution, management, and assessment. There will be no questions asked about issues you, the people, are concerned about, eg. mining, health concerns. I will be writing to CDPA concerning this proposal, and how they will be assessing the outcomes of their newsletter.
    Oh, by the way, it seems you, the people, have elected 10 committee members at the last AGM, according to the Proposal Brief for a new newsletter. There seems to be a mystery person on the committee.
    After reading the proposal, I would think that if I were Mr Ridsdale (chairperson), I would be ashamed to have put my name on that supposed ‘Confidential’ document.
    Another obvious discrepancy in said proposal, is the intent to only produce 50 copies for distribution. Now, at present I deliver 80 copies. It seems 30 of you will not receive one. I wonder which 30 residents will be left out?

    Comment by di — May 1, 2008 @ 7:54 pm

  9. My dear Ron,

    To set the record straight or to ‘spin the disc’ a little slower in ‘arty farty’ hip hop parlance…you will notice in the ‘editors mouthpiece’ constant invitations to comment and publish…therefore our editor is inviting discussion and debate…very healthy attributes of a news circular.

    As for putting the issues in the bin, I would make further suggestions of:

    a/ reading the issues online and then deleting to save paper

    b/ not picking up an issue as reading it blows your boiler such

    c/ keeping a collection of the past issues as a handy reference guide on the community that you can share with family and friends and maybe one day auction on ebay if your superannuation funds run dry.

    As for the dig about ‘arty farty’ friends, I enjoy both art and the occasional fart so im not sure where that reference is coming from?


    Comment by Fair-fax — May 2, 2008 @ 8:18 am

  10. Ron, I am wondering what you expect to be in a local newsletter. As you have not sent any ‘letters to the editor’ to open discussion on your expectations on content, I assume that you have a particular bent towards self-flagellation. Obviously you read the newsletter or you listen to people who sit in their solitude and don’t get out to speak with the people of the community. I respond to what the community wants. If someone asks me about, say, copper or zinc, then I research the subject and put it into the newsletter. If people are asking questions and they don’t feel they have a voice in a democratic way in their town and district, I ask the questions for them. Maybe you could open your mind a little and really read it, instead of filtering it through your own narrow field of vision.
    What you do with it afterwards is your business, but newseditor’s suggestion is a valid one. At least using it in the compost continues its usefulness in the community.
    I am bemused also about the ‘arty farty’ comment. I am an artist as are many of the people in this community. Are you making another narrow-minded judgement on those people? As for the ‘farty’ bit, well we are all human…..I think.
    We are a diverse community, and tolerance for all points of view along with debate of pertinent issues is a focus of the Copley Newsletter. So, if you wish to write to the ‘editor’ and state those points of view along with your name and contact details, I will print it, but be aware that I will not print personal abuse or anything which will hurt another party, and be aware that it will open up discussion and debate. So, if you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

    Comment by di — May 2, 2008 @ 12:20 pm

  11. hmmm. not sure that the introduction of the word ‘fart’ is doing much for the reputation of this site either…

    Comment by newseditor — May 2, 2008 @ 1:50 pm

  12. Dear Ron,
    Something vexes thee…..
    Can I ask you just exactly how many is “most”?
    I ask this because aprox 80 copies of the newsletter
    are printed and about 60+ folk are very happy with it.
    So, where are you at Ron? Not enough baked beans?
    If the crown fits,
    wear it……

    KiCkInG BiRd

    Comment by KicKinG BiRd — May 2, 2008 @ 2:56 pm

  13. Kicking Bird, your reputation precedeth thee. Word is out that you are from out of ‘small town’. Way out of town, maybe even all the way from the big smoke. People are trying to guess who you are……
    ‘Peasant Burlesque’ has hit a nerve or two. Well done, whoever you are!!!! Watch out for your tail feathers.

    Comment by Phe Sant Plucker — May 2, 2008 @ 11:48 pm

  14. hey I like that! peasant burlesque can be the genre of “copley newsletter: the musical” (circa 2009)

    Comment by newseditor — May 3, 2008 @ 7:52 am

  15. I only have one comment to make about/to Kicking Bird, whomever he/she may be. I really wish you wouldn’t write in a mixture of small & large letters like you do. It makes it very hard to read, particularly for those that are optically challenged! 🙁

    Comment by Rose — May 3, 2008 @ 8:57 am

  16. I am BloWing in the WiNd Phe SantPluCkeR,
    [please do not try and say that one too fast…]

    My Dear Rose,
    I do apologze, but ’tis my style… I can not help it.

    Comment by KicKinG BiRd — May 3, 2008 @ 12:08 pm

  17. I am not a pheasant plucker (The Pheasant Plucking Song)

    “Me husband is a keeper,
    He’s a very busy man,
    I try to understand him
    And I help him all I can,

    But sometimes of an evening
    I feel a trifle dim,
    All alone and plucking pheasants
    When I’d rather pluck with him.

    I’m not the pheasant plucker,
    I’m the pheasant plucker’s mate
    And I’m only plucking pheasants
    Cos the pheasant plucker’s late.

    I’m not good at plucking pheasants,
    Pheasant plucking I get stuck,
    Though some peasants find it pleasant
    I’d much rather pluck a duck,

    Oh, but plucking geese is gorgeous,
    I can pluck a goose with ease
    But plucking pheasants is sheer torture,
    For they haven’t any grease.

    I’m not the pheasant plucker,
    He has gone out on the tiles,
    He only plucked one pheasant
    And I’m sitting here with piles.

    You have to pluck them fresh,
    If they’re fresh it’s not unpleasant,
    I knew a man in Dunstable,
    Could pluck a frozen pheasant.

    They say the village constable
    Has pheasant plucking sessions
    With the vicar of a Sunday
    Twixt the first and second lessons.

    I’m not the pheasant plucker,
    I’m the pheasant plucker’s son,
    And I’m only plucking pheasants
    Till the pheasant plucker’s come.

    My good friend Godfrey’s most adept,
    He’s really got the knack,
    He likes to have a pheasant plucked
    Before he hits the sack.

    I try and lend a helping hand,
    I gather up the feathers,
    It’s really all this pheasant plucking
    Keeps us pair together!

    I’m not the pheasant plucker,
    I’m the pheasant plucker’s friend,
    And I’m only plucking pheasants
    As a means unto an end.

    Me husband’s in the woods all day,
    A-banging with his gun,
    If he could hear me heartfelt cries,
    Then surely he would run,

    For I’ve fluff in all me crannies
    And there’s feathers up me nose,
    And I’m itchin’ in the kitchin’
    From me head down to me toes.

    I’m not the pheasant plucker,
    I’m the pheasant plucker’s wife,
    And when we pluck together
    It’s a pheasant plucking life!”

    Comment by Rose — May 3, 2008 @ 1:36 pm

  18. Just to set the record straight I saw Ron J today and he ain’t the abovementioned ‘Ron’… technically probably on the arty side, not sure about the rest… as for Kicking Bird, my lips are sealed.

    Comment by newseditor — May 3, 2008 @ 5:25 pm

  19. good one Rose…well done for remembering something from the 60’s.
    No way would Ron J be the ‘Ron’ in the above posts. What a thought!!! He is much too genteel for that. I am sure he would never say that “F” word newseditor. Maybe we can call them ‘fluffs’ instead.
    As for this debate, I am stoked.

    Comment by di Bated — May 3, 2008 @ 6:21 pm

  20. Ahhh….
    sealed lips ‘n pheasant plucking,
    sounds like my sort of weekend!

    Comment by KicKinG BiRd — May 3, 2008 @ 6:23 pm

  21. Arrr, but there be more than one Ron in town!

    Comment by Rose — May 3, 2008 @ 7:27 pm

  22. so true Rose, but did not the other Ron just organise the ‘artiest-fluffiest’ event in the district? The Opera at Wilpena. I doubt that he would make a comment about others of his ilk.

    Comment by Con Fused — May 3, 2008 @ 10:21 pm

  23. The more things change, the more they stay the same – same old disputes, same old negativity, same old egos – glad I escaped!!!

    Comment by paula boundy — May 3, 2008 @ 10:48 pm

  24. Ahhh, more than two Ronnies
    Is it goodNight from me, goodNight from him, and him, and

    Comment by KicKinG BiRd — May 4, 2008 @ 12:46 am

  25. Paula, I would have to agree. Although I am new to all this, I have the benefit of knowing people that have now left the area who have “been there & done that” as the saying goes. They told me what to expect, & sadly they were right. 🙁

    Comment by Rose — May 4, 2008 @ 9:30 am

  26. I wasn’t aware that the other Ron had organised the Wilpena event. I would have to agree with you though, I don’t think it was him either.

    Comment by Rose — May 4, 2008 @ 9:33 am

  27. Yes there are more than two Ronnies – three that I know of! But the third one is definitely not the one in question, of that I am certain.

    Comment by Rose — May 4, 2008 @ 9:37 am

  28. Ron, where are you?
    Me thinks you are but a TrOLL…..

    Comment by KicKinG BiRd — May 4, 2008 @ 2:20 pm

  29. So, what begs the question is…..who is using another person’s name and why?
    Some in here and on other posts have used pseudonyms , not to disguise who they are but to add to the discussion without the usual retribution which seems rife in this community, and to have some fun.
    The people who read this usually know the style of writing of each person here, because they have taken the time to get to know the people of their town and community. I have my idea as to who this mystery ‘Ron’ is, and the post was not to enter the discussion, or share ideas, or have some fun, unless it was at the expense of someone else. Now, who do we know who has such a child-like mind? I leave it up to you. Maybe he/she won’t be back, because the heat is too much to bear and the kitchen not to his/her liking.
    Can certainly dish it out, but won’t eat the product of his/her own making….hhhhmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    Comment by di — May 4, 2008 @ 2:58 pm

  30. Ahhh, Ron has left the building…..
    Did he change his name to Hugo Nickenoff?

    Comment by E. S'capefrom Russia — June 5, 2008 @ 6:54 pm

  31. Having just read all the input here it left me crying with laughter.
    Its wonderful to see such bantering.
    Keep up the good work i now find myself looking forward to more in the future

    Comment by Kate — July 17, 2008 @ 9:02 pm

  32. we are here to entertain, Kate. Pleased to see you are enjoying the ‘small town tick’.
    I do wonder though if this Ron in here is the same one who has posted on the Coober Pedy thread………………….

    Comment by di — July 19, 2008 @ 8:37 pm

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