Monday, December 27, 2004

 

Raise Stuart Hwy speed limit to 130km/h

Coober Pedy Mayor Steve Baines says in a letter to Graham Gunn MP,
"We fully support the introduction of a 130km/h maximum speed limit on the road between Port Augusta and the NT border, and firmly believe this is a sensible and common sense approach. The Stuart Highway north of Port Augusta to the Northern Territory border is a magnificently wide, long and well maintained stretch of road that can easily and safely accommodate speeds of up to 130km/h. The majority of vehicles that travel this road are also built to safely accommodate these speeds."

Thursday, December 23, 2004

 

Change of Heart?

For the first time in many years, perhaps ever, councillors have indicated that they will be in town for a January general meeting. Traditionally December has been the month for asking for apologies in advance for the January meeting.

 

Coober Pedy Opal Miners Knuckle Under

New Miners Association President Works a "Miracle"
At a public meeting in a licensed venue to explain the working of a new drilling program, miners were told by president-elect Frank Pennisi that all comments were to be directed through him as Chairman. Anyone not complying would be ruled out of order.
Mr Pennisi's ruling was brought to the test many times, but on each occasion he managed to retain order over the imbibing throng. Even 'Pommy John', notorious for detonating opal miner's public meetings into uproar and confusion was eventually silenced by the president's authority.


Thursday, December 09, 2004

 

Dog-gone Councillor

The dog-gone councillor disappeared from the chambers.

The November District Council of Coober Pedy meeting was getting bogged down in the discussion of determining the areas where dogs could be exercised free of leash. It had drifted into the kind of dogs councillors owned, and attributes of dog breeds, and how they exercised their dogs.
But the areas were finally determined and the motion was put and voted in. And then Councillor Mike Maylin got up without leave or explanation and walked out of the chambers.
On his return minutes later he announced boldly, as if under compulsion to explain his disappearance,
"I just went and asked me dog and he said it's alright!"

 

Pokies voted out

Pokies - Take 'em out!
Over 800 sign petition. 
This is a huge majority of Coober Pedians - the Australian Electoral Commission website shows that at the recent Federal election a total of 904 formal and informal votes were cast at the Coober Pedy polling booth.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

 

No Pokies for Coober Pedy

International interest in the No Pokies for Coober Pedy movement:

This photo was taken by Wallace Craig, Midland, Texas, and sent to the Coober Pedy News.


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