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Issue: 8

January 2010



Dear Subscriber,

Welcome to 2010!
It seems ages ago that we were looking forward to our Christmas 2009 trip on Kangaroo Island!
It was a most enjoyable trip, and I have posted a "review" on our website blog

Our first trip for 2010 (Wilson's Promontory) departs 1st March.
Traditionally, we have always had January and February "off", and this gives us time to attend to bus maintenance, registrations, book work and planning for the coming year.

Bookings for our trips this year have been busy, particularly
for William Creek and The Painted Desert, where we have arranged a a second departure date (8th June).

The Coongie Lakes personalised tour (18th July) is fully booked, however if there is interest (given the floodwaters presently flowing down Cooper Creek), I could look at another departure date. Itineraries for all trips are on our website under
Maps and Itineraries




Innamincka - Hot Rocks project


An informal presentation by Geodynamics site manager,
Mr. Bill Austin, was held at the Habanero 3 last month.

Mr. Austin outlined progress to date on the Habanero and Jolokia projects and took a group of six interested residents
on a tour of the 1 MW Power Station.

A new more pliable, but stronger bore casing material will be used to complete the Jolokia 1 well when the company
resumes operations in early 2010. The new grade of steel will be specified to ensure it is suitable to withstand hydrogen sulphide and carbon dioxide conditions which were identified as the root cause of the Habanero 3 incident in April 2009.

To secure the kind of finance required to build subsequent plants, a 25 Megawatt power station (called a commercial demonstration plant), must first be built to demonstrate to financiers that the company can produce geothermal energy
on a commercial scale. Geodynamics was fortunate to
recently be confirmed as a $90 million grant recipient by the Federal Government - this funding will assist with the development of the commercial demonstration plant.

In response to a question regarding the relocation of the
power station and power-lines to Jolokia, Mr Austin said that although it would be an expensive exercise, this would be one of the options under consideration to get the 1MW power
plant operational in the medium term. He confirmed that the Company had not taken any decisions on this yet.
The tour was followed by question time and an informal supper.
Click here for Geodynamics Progress to date

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Around the traps......


William Creek Hotel -  has new managers !
Mim Ward and Bruce Ross took over the pub in early November.
 William Creek Hotel
Mim previously worked at the Prairie
Hotel and has been part of the South Australian Tourism Commission's "Year
of the Outback". Mim and Bruce have
also managed a pub in country Victoria.
They have already been exposed to 47 degree heat, downpours which closed roads and 35 Frenchmen on motorbikes... Its great to have them in the Outback and we wish them all the best with their new business venture.

Farewell Dork  - 0ne of Innamincka's true characters.
"See ya  Dork"
Dork the cheeky corella, who greets patrons at the Innamincka Trading Post by screeching "Hello Dork" has moved this month to his new home in Maryvale, Queensland - "See ya Dork "

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OBE Organic


  The taste of the Australian Outback!
David Brook is chairman of OBE Organic
OBE LogoBeef, a producer owned Australian company supplying quality organic products.

Cattle are raised by farmers who practice sustainable and ethical agriculture, grazing the way nature intended on 250 species of native grasses and herbs.

 David has always lived in Birdsville (population 100 people) apart from his senior schooling completed in Adelaide, South Australia. His family is part of the history of ranching in Australia. His maternal great-grandparents were married in Birdsville in the late 1880's. His father Bill Brook, originally from Adelaide, purchased their first property, Adria Downs Station, in 1939.

The vast scale of David and Nell's business enterprise is enhanced by their operation of two aircraft, a Cessna 182
and Cessna 210. Both hold private pilots licenses, with David having logged over 12,000 hours in the air. Two of David and Nell's children are currently involved in the OBE supply chain
David has been active in local government for the last thirty years including some thirteen years as Mayor of his local community.

In 2002 David received the Order of Australia Medal for his contribution to the community, local government and the establishment of organic agricultural production in the region.
He is a board member of the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame.

In this month's newsletter, OBE has announced the appointment of Holco Fine Meat Suppliers as their South Australian distributor.
Click here for further details


Coach Tours  2010.


The following are departures in our BUS vehicle:

Wilson's Promontory & The Great Ocean Road           Itinerary
(9 days) - $1895pp            Monday 1st March   

Kangaroo Island
(4 days) - $975pp             Thursday 18th March    

Mungo & Hattah Kulkyne National Parks                  Itinerary
(5 days) - $995pp              Saturday 10th April

Back O'Bourke                                                    itinerary
(9 days) - $1875pp             Saturday 24th April

William Creek & The Painted Desert                        itinerary
(9 days) - $1895pp             Saturday 15th May
                                       Tuesday 8th June

Cooper Creek and Innamincka                               itinerary
(7 days) - $1675pp             Thursday 24th June


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Personalised. 4WD trips


These trips are in a Toyota Landcruiser vehicle with a maximum of 4 passengers:


(9 days) - $2925pp                
Wednesday 11th August

Marree, The Birdsville Track, Mungerannie, Birdsville, Big Red, Cordillo Downs, Innamincka, Camp LXV, Cameron Corner, Sturt NP, Tibooburra, Broken Hill, Loch Lilly & Quandong Stations, Burra.

Coongie Lakes and The Cooper Creek
(7 days) - $2045pp                 
Sunday 18th July (fully booked)
2nd departure TBA
Old Strzelecki Track, Innamincka, Coongie Lakes, Camp LXV, Cameron Corner, Sturt NP, Tibooburra, Broken Hill, Loch Lilly & Quandong Stations, Burra.

Flinders Ranges & Skytrek
(5 days) - $1350pp                  
Thursday 26th August

Rawnsley Park, Wilpena Pound, Willow Springs Station,
Arkapena Scenic Adventure & Chace Range Spectacular,Arkapena 4WD Moralana Scenic Drive.

Flinders Ranges & Arkaroola
(5 days) - $1650pp                  
Monday 6th September

Rawnsley Park, Wilpena Pound, Bunyeroo Valley, Brachina Gorge,
Blinman, Arkaroola,  Ridgetop Tour,  Nooldoonooldoona Waterhole,
Gammon Ranges, Moralana Scenic Drive.

Yorke Peninsula & Southern Flinders Ranges
(5 days) - $995pp                     
Saturday 16th October

Ardrossan, Edithburgh, Innes National Park, Warooka, Wallaroo, Alligator Gorge, Melrose, "Bridle Track", Pt Germein.

The Opal Trail
(5 days) - $2540pp                
by demand
Pt Augusta, Woomera, Andamooka, Coober Pedy, William Creek, Mound Springs, Marree, Blinman, Brachina Gorge, Bunyeroo Valley, Wilpena Pound, Clare.

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Howard Humby
Desert Sky Tours




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