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August 2014 OCA Newsletter




Farina Cricket Day 31/05/14
Farina Cricket Match

Farina Cricket Match

The Annual Farina cricket match was held recently with over 100 people attending to witness the much anticipated clash between Farina and the Rest of the World. The Rest of the World team comprised of players from Port Augusta, tourists passing through and volunteers who have been part of the 8 week restoration program in the township and Farina were local pastoralists plus relatives of Farina Station owners Kevin and Anne Dawes.

Rest of the World decided to bat first on what was expected to be a pitch that would reward the bowlers from the heavy rain that had fallen the day before.   At the end of the 25 overs Farina had scored 181 with contributions from Adam Litchfield, Corey Ferguson, Peter Arbery and Tom Christley (the local police officer from Marree) all scoring over 30 and some good scoring from the rest of the team towards the end of the innings. Best bowler for Rest of the World was Ryan Gilbert, who bowled a consistent line all day. Good tight bowling by Dawes and Litchfield and the steady fall of wickets restricted Rest of the World to 110 with Graham Lancaster compiling a career best 32 runs to be highest run scorer towards the end of the innings. Farina had once again won the Farina Shield on their home ground.

Best bowler trophy went to Ryan Gilbert with best bat to Adam Litchfield. The winning captain Kevin Dawes thanked those who had played on the day together with Anne Dawes and the caterers from the Bakery,  sponsors Outback Communities Authority, Farina Restoration Group and the donators for the silent auction held on the day all together raising funds for the Restoration project.

Project Grants 2014-15

The Outback Communities Authority (OCA) has opened the first round of Project Grants for 2014-15.

To link funding investment to its Strategic Management Plan 2011 -2015, the OCA will give priority to projects that connect communities.

The OCA will also continue to support other requests to fund a wide range of projects aimed at improving the quality of life for the outback region as a whole.

General Manager of the OCA, Mark Sutton said that the OCA is encouraging outback community's to “come up with interesting ideas that reflect their Community’s unique identity.”

Mr Sutton said “that while Round 1 of the Outback Grants Program focuses on funding support for projects that will connect communities, there is still an opportunity for other projects that provide benefit to outback residents and their wider communities to be considered.”

“The OCA is very pleased to be able to continue this funding program having supported a diverse range of projects in 2013-14, such as a bronco branding event, a tennis tournament, a depression and anxiety action plan to support the community, hall restorations and the construction of a disabled ramp” said Mr Sutton .

The grants are administered by the OCA and are aimed at supporting community projects that improve the quality of life for outback residents.

The Outback Grants Program provides one-off funding to a limit of $10,000 with most grants allocated in smaller project amounts of $5,000 or less.  The grants are available to incorporated bodies with an Australian Business Number operating within the OCA’s jurisdiction.

Calls for the first round of grants from the program close Friday 29 August at 5pm.  For guidelines and application forms, visit or call the OCA on 1800 640 542.

Heywire Competition Launched

The Federal Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce launched the annual Heywire competition and called for all young regional Australians to share their story...

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Yunta Easter Tennis Tournament 2014

The 51st Yunta Easter Tournament was held recently with a strong contingent from Peterborough, regulars from Adelaide and local entries brought the total to 50 players participating.  The weather again provided near perfect conditions with sunny days and high standards of tennis. The event is organised annually by the Yunta tennis club with a large amount of input from locals Cheryl and Paul Lewis, well known in outback communities for their financial management assistance to many Progress Associations.

Local players Anthony Klingner, Nicole Lewis, Warren Breeding and Scott Duncan-Tiver all had successful tournaments with Scott winning the Willy Polomka trophy for best local player. Scott beat former local Steve Griffiths in the over 40 men’s final.

Paul Lewis thanked all the sponsors including the Outback Communities Authority and to the committee for all the work before, during and after the tournament. If your outback event requires sponsorship consider an application in the next round of OCA Grants in August 2014.

2014-15 Dog Registrations are now due

Just a reminder, dog registration is due for the 2014-15 financial yearAll dogs aged three months or over must be registered.  To help residents, the Outback Communities Authority has established a network of ‘Dog Registration Agencies’ throughout the South Australian outback.  Fees (and discounts) apply

Fowlers Bay Hall Restoration Dog registration provides a quick and easy identification if your dog is lost or found wandering. Once registered, your dog must wear a registration disc that will identify your pet as belonging to you. 

You should be aware that the OCA is required by law to establish and maintain a register of dogs.  The register is a public document however it can only be accessed for legitimate reasons.  Information that is kept on the public register is limited to; The name of the owner, the name of the dog, the registration number and a description of the dog  i.e. breed, colour, markings & sex.

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Want to play a part in the OCA's 2015 Calendar???

Send in your high resolution photographs to the OCA of your favorite part of the outback and your photo could grace the cover of the OCA’s 2015 calendar.

In December 2013 the OCA produced its first 12-month calendar which proved to be a great success.  This year we want to be more organised and have the calendars available from November 2014, in readiness for the 2015 year.

We would love to see the outback ‘through your eyes’ and share some special landscapes, events (being social or sport related) or aerial views.  The OCA will consider all photographs submitted and will announce the winning photograph in early November.  Please be aware that the OCA’s calendar is about sharing the unique outback, not particularly close up shots of individual people.  Permissions must be sought if submitting close up photographs of people; crowd shots at events do not require permission to be reproduced.

The OCA looks forward to receiving your favourite photograph of the unique SA outback – a place where so many people call home.  Please forward your photographs by email to marked ‘OCA 2015 Calendar’.  The OCA will arrange for an email link from its website in the near future.

Please note:  Photographs will only be considered if they are taken within the OCA’s area of jurisdiction (the unincorporated areas of SA).  Please provide name, contact telephone or email and location of photograph or event.



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