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Get the ball rolling

Sunday, 6th January, 2013

Locals vow to continue tradition

 By Erica Visser

A city councillor has vowed to fight “tooth and nail” for the Civic Ball, following public backlash over the axing of the annual event.

Council recently let the 24 families involved know that this year’s debutante ball had been cancelled due to financial restrictions.

Council currently faces an almost $7 million refund which has been demanded by mining company Perilya for excess rates, after a recent court finding.

Hot weather

Sunday, 6th January, 2013

PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

Locals are warned to keep cool after several days of above 40 degree temperatures.

The heat is expected to die down to the high-thirties range on Wednesday and Thursday, however the mercury is set to rise again for the weekend.

Tourists and locals seeing sights such as the Sculptures are encouraged to go at sunset, when the above picture was taken. 

Debs in a spin

Saturday, 5th January, 2013

 By Erica Visser

 City Council will reconsider its decision to cancel this year’s Civic Ball following a public backlash.

Council voted to cut back on services, including the debutante ball which 12 girls and their partners were due to take part in during May.

The girls were formally accepted last year but in late December they received a letter saying the event was cancelled.

Fire fighters earn praise

Friday, 4th January, 2013

The forklift on fire and (below) the flames extinguished. The forklift on fire and (below) the flames extinguished.

 By Gayle Ball

The quick action of a few residents helped extinguish a forklift fire near a petrol station yesterday morning.

Witnesses said the forklift, owned by Adelaide company Spectrum Transport, had caught alight after suffering mechanical problems. 

It had broken down on the road near Lindsay’s Service Station in Blende Street and was alight when the driver returned shortly after with help to move the vehicle. 

Heat sparks RFS warning

Friday, 4th January, 2013

 By Gayle Ball 

 Residents are being urged to be extra careful when using machinery during the  heat wave due to the risk of causing a grass fire.

Robyn Favelle, Operations Manager with the Far West Rural Fire Service (RFS) in Cobar, said anyone using equipment like mowers, slashers, welders and grinders should be careful as a single spark could ignite major fires.

“You should be careful with any sort of equipment like that when in the heat with hot and dry conditions,” Ms Favelle told the BDT.

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