Preserving our past and planning for our future
The Andamooka Progress and Opal Miners Association Incorporated (APOMA) is the peak body representing the broad community of Andamooka and the interests of Andamooka opal miners.
APOMA is governed by an elected committee of 9 persons who must be members of the Association. The Committee meets a minimum of once a month and is supported by a number of independent community members who attend meetings from time to time or act as consultants to assist with particular issues such as opal mining interests, regional marketing and development, community services and events. An OCA representative attends meetings from time to time in an ex-officio capacity.
The association’s roots were established during the 1950’s when a group of local miners joined forces for the purpose of representing the interests of local opal miners and over the next decade that organisation largely governed this isolated township which had expanded rapidly from its establishment in 1933.
On the 2nd March 1960, the group which had developed as a community focussed organisation first registered as an incorporated association with the name of Andamooka Progress and Opal Miners Association Incorporated. With the population peaking at the time at around 2000, many community facilities and services were developed during this period together with a raft of regular community events. Although the Association does not have the powers of a local council, the depth of the association’s activities in managing and developing the town to the present time is reflected in the historic collection which can be found on this website.
From the late 70s to the early 90s, reflecting a downturn in the opal industry, the population reduced significantly with a rise and fall associated with Olympic Dam mining activities, to stabilise at around 250 permanent residents over the past decade. The Association has a current membership of around 160.
The Constitution was amended in April 2010 to reflect a more modern approach to management and in 2013 APOMA undertook a new approach to town management via a partnership with the Outback Communities Authority (OCA) under the CARM Agreement working together to manage the township under the Andamooka Town Management Committee (ATMC).
In recognition of the current social and economic situation in Andamooka, and to also to maximise the benefits of the new partnership for town management, APOMA has developed a new Management and Business Plan, incorporating a Development and Marketing Plan which will dovetail into the ATMC Community Plan and regional marketing plan. In July 2017 the ATMC was disbanded with a new more direct working partnership formed between the OCA and APOMA, as representatives of the Andamooka Community.
Over the past few years, APOMA has managed projects such as the community park redevelopment, seniors computer training, children’s splash pad and playground, trees for life plantings, natural resource management, pest and weed control, community transition to digital satellite TV, youth services, historic records and displays and town beautification. Most recently, the Association has implemented work for the dole scheme for various town projects inclusive of refurbishment of our historic mining cottages, installation of town barbecues, street lights and signs and the upgrade of the caravan and camping site.
Various aspects of the Plan have been progressing to the benefit of the community including the re-development of the Andamooka Caravan and Camping Ground which has seen a steady rise in visitors over 2016 and 17 due to the installation of new facilities. This is anticipated to increase further once the new marketing strategy is further implemented across 2017/18, producing sound economic benefits across the community.
The Plan is expected to be adopted by the Andamooka community in 2017 providing a blueprint for future developments, funding and marketing strategies to be progressed with a view to establishing a sustainable future for the town.
The Committee members interact across the broad community on a regular basis through Open Community Forums with many being members of other groups and organisations as well as regional committees and forums. In addition to this, APOMA is establishing through the plan, a number of focus groups to develop interests such as history, youth, events and marketing, community health and wellbeing and an arts development group. These groups are open to all members of the community to get involved and may include as appropriate representatives from local business and other local organisations as well as consultants from government organisations and a representative of the traditional landowners.
Chair: Peter Allen
Vice Chair: Donna Waters
Association Secretary: Rodney Mitchell
Treasurer: Gill Rowley
Vice Treasurer: Keith Bartram
Anthony (Johno) Johnson
APOMA operates within a complex structure which is focused on sound community interaction and support. The following table demonstrates the relationships between APOMA, government and other organisations and groups including funding streams.
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Membership is open to residents, property owners and business operators located in Andamooka. Membership is by application (link to downloadable application form) and renewed annually for a token fee of $10 or $5 concession and $20 Family membership which hold 2 votes. Current members are categorised under Honorary Life Membership or financial members eligible to vote, which may be a full member, family member or concession member, or otherwise non-financial members who are ineligible to vote.
Past members are also recognised and there is provision where granted for Affiliate Membership which are ex- officio and therefore non-voting.
￼￼For more information on membership contact APOMA.
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Ordinary Committee Meetings are generally set down for the first Sunday of the month. Occasionally an ordinary meeting date may be altered for a particular reason. Meeting dates are advertised in the monthly Newsletter.
Special or Extra Committee Meetings may be held at other times of the month to address particular issues or urgent business.
To lodge or raise an item for discussion, please contact the Secretary. Items will need to be lodged in writing, dated and signed by the person lodging the item. Items can be emailed, posted or lodged at the Town Office by 2.00pm on the last Thursday of the month.
To discuss the procedure please don’t hesitate to contact the Secretary by phone or email available on contacts page.
Annual General Meeting is generally held in August or early September. Members will be advised 3 weeks ahead of the date, time and venue.
General or Special General Meetings are held to address a particular issue or event that requires the approval of the members, but there is the intention to hold a General Meeting of Members in March annually to update progress with the Development & Marketing Plan and associated activities.
Open Community Forums are held bi-monthly as an opportunity for open discussion between community members and the APOMA Committee. These are often attended by guest speakers or other relevant persons that may be associated with particular issues relating to the town or community.
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Outback Communities Authority (OCA) & Community Affairs Resourcing & Management (CARM) Agreement
The OCA is a state government authority created to assist with local governance across South Australian remote townships. They fulfil many of the tasks generally undertaken by local government and work in partnership with the peak community organisation within individual towns to manage facilities and services and to also on developments to assist a sustainable future for the townships.
For Andamooka the partnership and agreement is between the OCA and APOMA. The Agreement and associated budget is negotiated and signed off between the two parties annually.
The CARM Agreement sets out the manner in which the two parties work together to manage and maintain facilities and services as well as to seek and manage funding for those purposes and also on developments that provide economic sustainability and encourage new investment, as well as programs and activities that enhance Andamooka’s lifestyle.
The CARM Agreement budget is funded by the Andamooka community via the Community Contribution Scheme (CCS) which is similar in its application to the contribution paid to local councils towards facilities and services and that amount (approximately $200,000) is matched by funds supplied to the OCA by the Federal Government which supplements local expenditure and also covers the cost of town administration.
In addition to this further funding is sought via grants for roads and community projects, some of which is applied for via the OCA and others which are applied for via APOMA.
Andamooka Town Office
The Town Office houses the OCA Town Overseer and the APOMA administration group. The Town Overseer oversees the day to day management of town business including facility management and maintenance. The APOMA administration takes care of day to day town business and maintenance as well as APOMA activities including town and community information, newsletter, development planning and implementation, events, historic activities and community workshops.
The symbiotic relationship developing between APOMA and the OCA is proving to be of great benefit to the town and the community.
The new APOMA management and development plan will work in sync with the OCA (ATMC) Community Plan and in doing so will ensure that the interests and direction of the Andamooka Community are fully considered and included in the planning and application processes of the OCA.
Registrations & Renewals of Mining Claims
To lodge registrations, renewals or for general information about lodging mining claims: Mines Registration Counter is located at the Andamooka Post Office.
Open 7 days a week
Hours: 9am-5pm weekdays & 11am-3pm weekends
For further information on mining claims and the registration/renewals procedure contact:
Ashley Wood, Acting Registrar Opal Field Program
Coober Pedy Office
Ph: 08 8678 9058
Andamooka Precious Stones Field Ilua:
The ILUA for the Andamooka Precious Stones Field is progressing with the Agreement anticipated to be signed off in September 2017.
On behalf of the Andamooka Community, APOMA gives thanks to the following individuals and organisations: