Tuesday, March 21, 2006


District Council Meeting cancelled for lack of quorum

Indeed, members of the gallery outnumbered elected members at the scheduled March meeting.
Council had received apologies from two councillors. Needing four for a quorum, it became a matter for concern when only three were present at the time of the scheduled start of meeting.
The only other councillor in town was Cr Harry Blobel.
A council staff member tried to phone him but could not get an answer so was sent to Mr Blobel's home. The staff member returned and told the meeting that Mr Blobel had said he wouldn't be coming.
All councillors and staff were very disappointed in the attitude of Cr Blobel.
An informal meeting took place.
Mr Geoff Sykes gave an entertaining demonstration with his model of a proposed Changing Rooms to be built at the town oval. The building will be for anyone to use, being on council land and maintained as a council asset, even though the Coober Pedy Football Club is the main 'driver' in the project.
The high strength of the material proposed to be used for panels in the changerooms was highlighted by Mr Sykes' "geriatric gymnastics".

Tuesday, March 14, 2006


Free concert, Serbian Club

Virtuoso mentors local drummers

Six South Australian percussionists will immerse themselves in three days of intensive workshops in Coober Pedy this week with one of the greatest living exponents of Sri Lankan Kandyan dance following WOMADelaide.

The drummers selected for this chance-of-a-lifetime masterclass are Justin Francis of Port Lincoln, Neil Smith, Yoummna Andary and ten-year-old Youssef Hassan of Berri, Thomas Darmody of Kapunda and Anna Beech of Port Augusta.

Their mentor, Ravibandu Vidyapathy is a classical Kandyan dancer, percussionist and renowned choreographer presenting both traditional and contemporary percussion and dance from Sri Lanka.

For anyone in Coober Pedy wanting a taste of Womadelaide, Ravibandu and his ensemble of five musicans are playing a FREE SHOW at the Serbian Club in Coober Pedy at 7pm on Thursday 16 March.

Ravi pursued a rigorous academic training in his youth before setting up his own Dance Company and school in 1984 and has embraced and reinterpreted all number of theatrical and dance traditions from the Greek classics to Shakespeare, the Hindi epics and the minimalist theatre traditions of Japan.

He is a virtuoso percussionist who has studied under gurus of traditional music like Pilyasara Shilpadhipathi and Punchiguru and is the director of the Sri Lanka National Dance Troupe.

In recent choreographed pieces he has touched on the themes of war and ethnic conflict in his own country through intricate dance pieces.

These masterclasses and free concert are the result of a collaboration between Country Arts SA, Arts Projects Australia and Womadelaide and funded through the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.

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