This weekend is the massive Desert Kart State Titles, which means Roxby Downs is about to see over 100 competitors giving it their all around the dirt circuit from Friday afternoon.
RoxFM spoke with Heath Mynhart and Thomas Wilson, the President and Secretary of the Roxby Downs Desert Dirt Kart Club respectively, about what to expect this weekend.
"This is a pretty important event for us in town, probably the most go-karts we've had here since 2006, so basically we've got 166 nominations, and on top of that another 8 rookies," says Heath.
"There's been a lot happening at the club in the last 12 months in preparation for this."
For those who want to come along, Heath says entry will be $5 per car-load.
"We're quite a small club here, and any help we can get is very much appreciated, so definitely looking forward to getting as many car loads in. For spectators, we'll have an area for canteen facilities, so plenty of food a drink there, we'll also have a bar facility for those who want to come down and enjoy a cold beverage."
This Thursday, Australian Education Union (AEU) members around South Australia will withdraw half a day's worth of their labour in order to persuade the Department Of Education on a handful of issues.
From 8.40am until 12.15pm, a number of Roxby Downs Area School (RDAS) teachers will be standing by the AEU as proposed changes by the Department of Education will directly affect teachers in regional and rural areas.
Cyrus Weir is a teacher at the RDAS who will be standing with the AEU on Thursday morning. He spoke with RoxFM to explain why action needs to be taken.
"The Union are in the process of negotiating working conditions and pay, and all sorts of things surrounding teaching, and we've come to a bit of a stand-still where the Union has identified some key items that they'd like to go in and fight for, and the Department has identified some things they'd like to do moving forward in the education space.
The Roxby Downs Council in collaboration with BHP have announced vital maintenance on the local power network which will see power outages in the community on Sunday October 28th, from 2am to 4am.
The work will focus on the The High Voltage Distribution System to ensure it's prepared to handle the current nature of the local power network.
To help prepare for the power outage, Roxby Council has provided a list of tips to try and minimise the disruption to the town:
If you have any questions, send an email to email@example.com or contact Roxby Council on 8671 0010.
This week BHP Olympic Dam announced their continued support of the Royal Flying Doctor Service Central Operations, (RFDS) pledging $300,000 over the next 3 years.
BHP's contribution will help the RFDS to continue to operate in remote South Australia, providing emergency flights for people with injuries or illnesses that local facilities are unequipped to handle.
At an announcement at the RFDS's Adelaide Base, Olympic Dam's new Asset President Laura Tyler said the agreement is part of BHP's ongoing support of the health and well-being in their host communities like Roxby Downs.
"We’ve been operating in remote South Australia for 30 years, and we understand the vital role the RFDS has played over many years in helping people across the State during times of great need," she said.
Following a suggestion from her psychologist, Kayleen Greagen-Castle decided to put her life onto paper.
The result is Red Raw; a deeply personal recounting of the toughest periods of Kayleen's life and the trauma she went through as a child.
Kayleen says writing the book was a cathartic experience for her, and helped her deal with her past.
"It's taken a long time to get here, and a great deal of healing has come from it.
"It's just a book about my life from, basically, the beginning right up until where I am now, and traversing all the roads that I've travelled and the stormy seas that I sailed, and found my way through.
"When I decided to write- well to actually publish my book, it was more for the fact that I have the ability to help others with my story, to realise that they're not alone and there's light at the end of the tunnel."
Kayleen's book Red Raw is due to be released this month, but she says she's already got some ideas for her next publication.
"I definitely think that there's more to say, and I've already got another idea for my next book, but I tried to say as much as I could in this book where... I don't really speak to the reader until the very end of the book, but I take the reader throughout my whole journey from beginning to end.
"Because this is my autobiography, I think anything that comes out of this will probably be down the route of memoirs, where I'll actually focus on one area of my life and share my story and delve a little bit deeper into certain parts."
Kayleen spent many years of her childhood in Andamooka, so it's only fitting that Andamooka is the final stop on her book launch tour.
"I'm really excited to be coming home, and coming back to where it all began and sharing my story.
"A lot of my life is based in Andamooka... so it's really exciting to finish my launch officially in Andamooka, and be able to celebrate with everyone back home.
Listen back to Kayleen's interview with RoxFM:
RED RAW is self-published, and will be launched at the Andamooka Community Hall on October 20 from 1pm.
For all businesses in the modern age, social media plays a massive role - and especially in Roxby Downs, where, just like over 15 million other active users in Australia, our platform of choice is Facebook
Because of this, if you want to maximise the reach of your business you probably need to be making sure you're using Facebook the right way for you.
Luckily Regional Development Australia has organised a Facebook Masterclass with Social Media AOK on October 25th, at 5.30pm at the Community Youth Centre to help get everyone up to scratch.
Simone Douglas from Social Media AOK will be running the course, and she says learning how to use Facebook properly can really help your business.
We don't normally get the chance to see many comedians in this part of the country, which is why hearing Carlo Ritchie is coming to Andamooka was such a surprise.
Carlo Ritchie has been performing comedy for years as part of the improv duo, The Bear Pack, has taken his talents overseas to international comedy festivals like the Edinburgh Fringe, and has even had a recurring spot on the ABC Comedy program, Tonightly with Tom Ballard, discussing issues affecting rural Australia.
Performing a free event in the Andamooka Community Hall, Carlo will be showcasing his comedy chops and improv skills.
Pip Stafford from the Andamooka Yacht Club helped organise the event, and she says she's seen him perform before and is looking forward to seeing what he brings to Andamooka on October 19th.
"He's very dry - he's got a very dry type of humour - and he's very smart. I think it's going to be a great show! He's very sarcastic, and I mean that's up my alley, I love that kind of humour, so it should be a hilarious night!
For those of you who have recently visiting the Roxby Downs Doctors Surgery on Burgoyne Street, you might have seen a new art instalment: Kintay Birrang.
Designed by local Aboriginal artists, Jody Fereti and Sandy Gibb, the mural was painted as a part of NAIDOC Week.
"We incorporated the NADOC theme in it which was "Because of her, we can," and that hospital theme with the women going off to another hospital to give birth," Sandy explained.
The latest exhibition to grace the walls of the Roxbylink Gallery is While We Are Sleeping from local photographer and filmmaker, Travis Hague.
Having arrived in Roxby Downs in 2010, Travis decided to take advantage of the natural surroundings of the area and develop his night-time photography skills - skills which have only grown since then.
Now his photography is on display for the town to see in his exhibit "While We Are Sleeping"; a series of photographs, and a projection of time-lapses, displaying a view of the sky above Roxby Downs that the people in town may not have noticed before.
South Australian Treasurer Rob Lucas yesterday announced the 2018 State Budget, which included one surprising savings measure; the closure of seven different TAFE campuses around SA, including the campus in Roxby Downs.
The measure included in this year's budget will see the closure of both the Roxby Downs and Coober Pedy TAFE campuses, meaning there will no longer be a TAFE campus north of Port Augusta in South Australia.
Chair of The Roxby Downs Community Board, Sandy Sumsion, said she was shocked to hear of the decision in yesterday's announcement.
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