COOBER PEDY TOGETHER COMMUNITY MEETING with Government Reps

October 5th 2022

the complete recording

Promotional material sent out by the Coober Pedy Together (CPT) team ahead of the community meeting they facilitated with representatives from the three levels of Government.

On October 5th 2022 members of the Coober Pedy Community came together at the Greek Club for a question and answer session with our representatives from all three levels of Government. Namely, Tim Jackson from our local district council, Eddie Hughes our State Government MP and Rowan Ramsey, our Federal Member of Parliament.

The gathering was organized and facilitated by the Coober Pedy Together group who ceaselessly strive to create opportunities for Coober Pedy to thrive. This particular opportunity gave locals a chance to come up with questions for our government reps around issues of local importance. The questions and concerns were then grouped into categories and delivered to the reps by CPT facilitators in the formal part of the evening. (In what has become true CPT style, there was time for a feed and a yarn before the serious Q & A section of the evening).

What follows is a complete recording of the Q & A session grouped into the question categories defined by Coober Pedy Together facilitators.

Part One : Welcome and introduction by CPT facilitator Michael Edgecomb followed by the first set of questions for the night. The questions are forwarded by CPT facilitator Nicholas Troisi and are aimed at investigating Coober Pedy’s status (and perceived status) as the northern hub of South Australia and the implications of this for the town’s wellbeing.

Part One : Welcome and introduction by CPT facilitator Michael Edgecomb followed by the first set of questions for the night. The questions are forwarded by CPT facilitator Nicholas Troisi and are aimed at investigating Coober Pedy’s status (and perceived status) as the northern hub of South Australia and the implications of this for the town’s wellbeing.

Part Two : Questions about Education, Employment & Training put by CPT facilitator Sabrina Troisi

Part Two : Questions about Education, Employment & Training put by CPT facilitator Sabrina Troisi

Part Three : CPT facilitator Sabrina Troisi with questions about local health services

Part Three : CPT facilitator Sabrina Troisi with questions about local health services

Part Four : CPT facilitator Des Roffey with questions about transport infrastructure such as roads and the airport and other key concerns around getting to and from Coober Pedy.

Part Four : CPT facilitator Des Roffey with questions about transport infrastructure such as roads and the airport and other key concerns around getting to and from Coober Pedy.

Part Five : CPT facilitator Sabrina Troisi with questions about social challenges

Part Five : CPT facilitator Sabrina Troisi with questions about social challenges

Part Six : With time running out CPT facilitator Michael Edgecomb prioritizes some final questions in consultation with the community members present. Vet services, community health services and the impending bank closure are all discussed. There is also mention of both the local Country Fire and Ambulance Services’ great need for new members.

Part Six : With time running out CPT facilitator Michael Edgecomb prioritizes some final questions in consultation with the community members present. Vet services, community health services and the impending bank closure are all discussed. There is also mention of both the local Country Fire and Ambulance Services’ great need for new members.

Hats off to Suzanne Bunker and Steve Scott for recording this meeting, to Melissa Brave for (hopefully unobtrusive) editing, and to the Coober Pedy Together team, our Government reps, and the broader Coober Pedy community, for making the conversation possible.

Coober Pedy CFS Needs New Members!

Click on the link below to hear from CFS members Abbey Rayner and Shayne McGennisken

Geoff Squires & Shayne McGennisken of the Coober Pedy CFS out and about in the community

Abbey Rayner and Shayne McGennisken of the CFS chatting with Dusty

Abbey Rayner and Shayne McGennisken of the CFS chatting with Dusty

Coober Pedy CFS Captain and Training Coordinator Abbey Rayer, and Senior Firefighter Shayne McGennisken came into Dusty on September 21 to have a chat about where the local CFS is up to, and what it needs to take care of Coober Pedy and surrounds.

Pearl Driver Tribute Program – Originally broadcast May 19 2022

On May 1st this year Dusty Radio and Coober Pedy lost one of our most engaged and gifted community members. Pearl Driver jumped into every aspect of community life as soon as she arrived in Coober Pedy twelve years ago. She showed a level of interest and commitment in people and projects that is rarely seen today. And as for her involvement with Dusty Radio, well just three months before she passed away, she’d reached a milestone of having volunteered here for 10 years – in other words, she qualified for a lifetime membership. It’s an irony that I think Pearl would have found somewhat amusing. Timing aside, Pearl was proud to have been such an integral member of Coober Pedy’s community radio station.

In the Pearl Driver Tribute program, Razz Jones, Maria Brellas and Melissa Brave take a moment to honour our dear friend and colleague by reflecting on what we knew of her and weaving those memories with some of Pearl’s favourite music as well as tracks that evoke Pearl for us and others of her loved ones. At times throughout the program there are also recordings of Pearl herself.

It’s been a long time between the original broadcast our posting it here. Our sincere apologies for the delay. We hope that this recording brings you some comfort, solace, and joy. With love…

Pearl Driver Tribute Program Part One

Pearl Driver Tribute Program Part One

Pearl Driver Tribute Program Part Two

Pearl Driver Tribute Program Part Two

Pearl Driver Tribute Program Part Three

Pearl Driver Tribute Program Part Three