post Meet the new residents…

February 29th, 2008

Filed under: Animal Nature — newseditor @ 12:13 pm


Welcome to the beautiful donkeys!

post Trashing Copley

February 29th, 2008

Filed under: Bits and Pieces — newseditor @ 12:10 pm



Someone has been dumping domestic rubbish on the commons near North Terrace. There are plenty of ways to dispose of garbage in Copley. Everyone knows someone with a car and trailer. Aroona Council have a trailer for hire. CDEP do a rubbish collection once a week. Every inch of earth is sacred and worth caring for. There is no excuse for crapping on your community and nobody wants to see your garbage blowing through the streets. Clean up your act, litterbug!

Of course, if you think it’s ok to dump trash on the side of the road, have your say and leave a comment.

post Mountains of Memory: meeting

February 29th, 2008

Filed under: Bits and Pieces — newseditor @ 10:12 am

Opportunities for local artists and crafts people – a meeting at the Copley Pub on Monday 3rd March, 7:30 pm. See below an extract from the brief provided by the Tourism Development Officer of the Mountains of Memory project:

…the Flinders Ranges Tourism Operators’ Association in conjunction with the South Australian Tourism Commission, the Department for Environment and Heritage, the Southern Flinders Regional Tourism Authority and other key organisations interested in developing the tourism industry in the Flinders Ranges is currently undertaking a Geotourism Strategy project with the working title “Mountains of Memory”. (more…)

post Copley Newsletter Edition 22

February 28th, 2008

Filed under: Copley Phoenix/Newsletter — newseditor @ 1:05 pm

Copley Newsletter Edition 22, February 2008 is ready to download as a 1.4mb pdf.

(16 pages, use your page down to move through the pages)

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

post Make a wish…

February 17th, 2008

Filed under: Community Wishlist — newseditor @ 5:32 am


Let us know what you would like to see happen in Copley.

Add a comment below! The universe is listening…

post Copley Newsletter Edition 21

February 17th, 2008

Filed under: Copley Phoenix/Newsletter — newseditor @ 5:19 am

Copley Newsletter Edition 21, January 2008 is ready to download as a 1.6mb pdf. (20 pages, use your page down to move through the pages)This Edition is published in black and white but we hope to have upcoming publications in colour. In the meantime, enjoy a snap of one of Copley’s public murals:


post Plants that like living in Copley

February 17th, 2008

Filed under: Greening Copley — newseditor @ 2:58 am

We’ve compiled a catalogue of plants that somehow survive, and indeed thrive, in the face of high alkalinity, liminess, harsh winds, extreme summers, winter frosts, high clay contact and an absence of any real topsoil. Living miracles! Some of these plants are indigenous to the area, others have been discovered by the trials and errors of local gardeners.

This catalogue is a work in progress. As a lot of our own plants are still young, we’ve used images on the internet of examples of each plant, just to get an idea of how they look in their mature form.

We’d love to hear your suggestions of any other species – please add a comment below!

Download the catalogue of plants PDF here.

post Greening Copley: Planting the Seed

February 17th, 2008

Filed under: Greening Copley — newseditor @ 2:15 am


Short term: planting the seed

A foundation group of six community members responded to the first call and the following was discussed at the first meeting.

1. Participation

  • Meetings will be open, regular and jolly.
  • Volunteers and other community members will have access to news, developments and activities on a community website.
  • Group activities: local seed collection; species identification in the area; community bus trip to Port Augusta for propagation workshops at Friends of the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens Nursery; planting of trees.
  • Involvement of the kids will be strongly encouraged to promote a sense of care and custodianship of the plants. This can be helped along by inclusion in group activities as well as giving them a presence on the online blog.

2. Vegetation

  • A catalogue of plants successfully growing in the area has been compiled as a reference.
  • Further species will be identified in field trips where seeds will be collected.
  • Interested community members will follow up on the propagation workshops with small scale home propagation for community planting in later seasons.
  • The first round of plantings will be sponsored by the volunteers, who will purchase 10 plants each for the community. Plants will be sourced at the Friends of the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens Nursery. Sturdy tree guards will need to be sourced.

3. Watering strategy

  • In the immediate term volunteers will hand water their plants.
  • In the short term, watering will be done using an 800 litre tank on a trailer. The tank has already been acquired and for the time being the trailer and vehicle will be sourced by volunteers on roster basis. Water has been made readily available from community water tanks and catchment areas. There are privately owned pumps in the community but in order to maintain a flow of both water and interest, we need to be efficient, and to be efficient we need to source a pump for the tank and a dedicated trailer as soon as possible. Watering then will be managed by rostered volunteers hooking up the watering trailer to their vehicles.

4. Administration

  • Gather information from organisations that can provide support and resources for the project (catalogues, funding opportunities, memberships, donations, auspicing bodies)
  • Manage the project website, correspondance, funding for long term project developments.
  • Project co-ordination.

post Vision for Greening Copley

February 17th, 2008

Filed under: Greening Copley — newseditor @ 2:06 am


Vision: the desert oasis  We can see cooling shady trees; landscaped windbreaks that help to protect our home environments from forceful winds, dust storms and frost; greenery that enlivens our spirit, freshens our air and beautifies our home; living playgrounds for children; a living labyrinth; bamboos for construction and fun; trees for food and fodder.

post Welcome to Copley community news!

February 16th, 2008

Filed under: Bits and Pieces — newseditor @ 1:17 am

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