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Issue: 4 JUNE 2009
Dear Member,

Welcome to our June edition of  .....enews!
Siince our last newsletter we we have taken a trip to the Painted Desert, a personalised 4WD trip to Coongie Lakes, a flight over Lake Eyre plus a day trip to Monarto Zoo!!

Our website "blogger" has been updated with a report on each of the extended trips, and can be viewed by clicking here !

New heater for our Bus!
Cold comfort 

I have to smile, but after all this time we have installed an air heater in our bus.
There are primarily two reasons - one being a much more convenient way to demist windows, the other (and more importantly) passenger comfort.

I really cannot believe the difference having a "state of the art" heater has made to the driving pleasure. No more do we need to freeze passengers as we demist windows through the main refrigerated air conditioning system!

The amazing thing is the efficiency of the Webasto heater. Using diesel fuel from the main tank of the vehicle (half litre per hour), and a fan which uses minimal amperage, the unit is more than capable of delivering a comfortable warmth on the coldest of mornings.

The unit was installed by Detrac Diesel at St Marys Adelaide.
As in all work undertaken by Detrac, the installation and attention to detail is of the highest standard. That which others, in the installation process said was too difficult, has been achieved.

All credit to Geoff and the team at Detrac!
Lake Eyre
Coongie Lakes Update on Lake Eyre water

We have just returned from a 3 day trip to Marree and plane flight over the Lake.

Comments from all passengers was the flight was definitely worthwhile, and provided opportunity to see the different colours of water and vastness of the Lake.

Approximately one third of the Lake has water coverage, and some birds were seen as dots on the "islands".

The plane flights were arranged through Central Air Services and our base for the trip was the Leigh Creek Hotel in Copley. Terri and Mick at "The Copley Pub" are perfect hosts, and new chef Milo looked after us with excellent meals.

 The trip also provided an opportunity to see Jeff Morgan's new Flinders Ranges Panorama in his gallery at Hawker, and to inspect the restoration work being done at Farina under the guidance of convenor Tom Harding. An information bay has been built and will include historic photos and stories about the town, which once had a population of more than 300 people.

A visit was also made to the Ochre Cliffs and sculptor Talc Alf at Lyndhurst, plus visitor viewing area of the Leigh Creek coalfields.

The all inclusive cost of the 3 day package is $800 (including the hour and half plane flight).

If you are interested in this trip, we are planning another in the first week of July. For further information please contact us
Inamincka News Habanero 3
Geodynamics Hot Fractured Rock Project

On April 26th Geodynamics Site Manager, Mr. Bill Austin, met local residents in the Outamincka Bar at the Innamincka Hotel to explain recent events at the Habanero 3 well head.

The following Media Release was handed to those attending: 'April 25 2009 Well Incident at Habanero 3 Geodynamics as operator of the Innamincka Joint Venture today advised of a well incident at its Habanero 3 well site, located near Innamincka in remote South Australia.
Geodynamics Managing Director Gerry Grove-White said, "Importantly no-one has been injured and the site has been secured to ensure the safety of personnel and the public".

At 8:30pm local time on 24 April 2009 (9 pm AEST) a loud noise was heard. It was identified that water and steam were flowing to the surface at the Habanero 3 well head. "Geodynamics is taking the matter extremely seriously and we have today mobilised an expert well control recovery team comprising specialist engineers,"Mr. Grove-White said.
Geodynamics is working with relevant authorities in response to this event and will provide further updates as they become available.'

An interesting aerial photo of the detour on Dillon Highway can be viewed here. We observed a "large hole" when we passed the site on our Coongie Lakes trip.
Cooper Creek Homestay Innamincka
Coongie Lakes Solar Power!
On April 30th,
the solar electrical system at Cooper Creek Homestay was commissioned.

Geoff and Julie Matthews say that they believe the system will supply all their power needs for the coming tourist season.

There are 40 collector panels, providing enough power during the day to run the lighting and power requirements at night.

No more noise from generators, and no need for torches at night!
Terowie Institute 130th Celebrations
Coongie Lakes Saturday 26th September
The book "Terowie Institute 130 years is to be launched at approximately 5.30pm on the day by Peter Goers of that great institution, The Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC), after which the usual scrumptious tea will be served in the Supper Room.

A big treat will follow at approx. 7.30pm, with a great show by Judy Lewis and her Whyte Yarcowie Troupe!!!

This energetic group has raised many thousands of dollars for charity.
Guests are encouraged to wear period costume.
If you would like to come up to Terowie, we have a package offer!!
  • Pick up at Franklin Street Bus Station
  • Afternoon tea at the Coffee Pot Cafe on arrival in Terowie
  • Terowie Hotel overnight accommodation including breakfast Sunday morning.
  • Attend the book launch by Peter Goers at approx 5.30pm following which a light tea will be served in the Institute Supper Room.
  • Entrance to the Judy Lewis and Whyte Yarcowie Troupe Show,following which supper will be served (for those wanting it)
Where else could you go for a great weekend at that price??? Seats are limited and a deposit $20 is required on booking.    
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Outback News
Power Lines Innamincka Snippets from around the outback!
  • Power lines have been installed in Innamincka in anticipation of "free power to residents" from Geodynamics Hot Fractured Rock project.
  • The Toole family has taken over management of The Family Hotel In Tibooburra. I understand former manager Peter Petrovich is still in Tibooburra.
  • The Lake Eyre Yacht Club has announced the regatta site was inspected on May 9. Unfortunately the predicted 2m flood has peaked at 1.5m. With the northern rivers flow now less than the evaporation rate of the Lake the flood is now over.
    Perhaps next year?
  • Hey! - if you are travelling in the Broken Hill area, why not call on Mitch at the Owl Barn Stephens Creek and really make his day! Entry is free and there's lots to see!
  • Arkaba Station is the latest property in the "Wild Bush Luxury" portfolio. According to CEO Charles Carlow, the property will provide an exclusive wilderness experience supported by key luxury standards. It is scheduled to open November 1st 2009. Read article here


We have a couple of weeks until our next trip to Cooper's Creek and Innamnincka, departing June 24th.
There are  couple of seats still available if you would like to join us!
Our regular printed Desert Sky News will be mailed early July.
Kind Regards, 

Howard Humby
Desert Sky Tours
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