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Riverland Dinghy Club receive STARCLUB Recognition
The Riverland Dinghy Club is the Riverland's first recognised STARCLUB and the 133rd South Australian organisation to reach the highest level of governance in the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing’s STARCLUB program.  
 With no State or National body to assist them with their governance over the past two years the club's committee began developing policies and procedures and after a chat with their local STARCLUB Field Officer they decided the next step was to complete the STARCLUB Program.
The recognition supports the dinghy club's good governance processes and their committee of eleven members who have worked very hard and should be very proud of this achievement.
STARCLUB recognition acknowledges and rewards the effort undertaken by committee members to make their club above the rest in a number of key areas including; governance, supporting coaches and officials, valuing volunteers, being inclusive and welcoming and having a safe environment for children.
If you would like more information on how to register for the STARCLUB Program or if your club has already registered but would like to know how to progress in the program please contact STARCLUB Community Development Officer, Hayley Ashworth on 8580 3000 or email

Riverland Young Professionals – Networking Event

Join other young professionals for a networking event on Wednesday 3 October for drinks and canapes at the Berri Club. This networking session is aimed at under 35's and hopes to connect people professionally and socially. On the night we will hear from the following people;
Mariam Belle, Magic 93.1 Breakfast Announcer and Renmark Rose Festival Ambassador
Jawad Akel, recently migrated from Syria to the Riverland
Alysha Herrmann, professional creative and passionate regional advocate
Francesco Perre, born and bred Riverlander completing his traineeship at Berri Barmera Council, and well known local DJ.
Each speaker has a compelling story to share so don't miss out!
Guests are welcome to stay at the Berri Club for dinner after the official event ends at 7pm. Guests to cover any food or drink purchases after this time.

Riverland Young Professionals is run by collaboration of Riverland Councils and RDA Murraylands & Riverland. Join the Riverland Young Professionals Facebook Group to keep up to date with upcoming events and opportunities

 If you would like to register your attendance please go to

Art Squad
Art Squad is a new dedicated program for creative people aged 18-23 living in regional, rural or remote South Australia. Art Squad is for people who want to build their own creative career and make things happen in their own communities.
Art Squad participants will be provided with the support and networks to navigate all the ‘bits’ of creating and delivering a project idea (or more than one) in their own local community, including facilitation and leadership skills, strengthening creative skills, building networks and creating a career path for the future.
Squad members will have intensive access to the Carclew and Country Arts SA Creative Producer – Alysha Herrmann – through weekly group virtual sessions, fortnightly virtual one-on-ones and an annual group face to face. Alysha will also work with you to build your individual local support team and a personalised plan for your creative future.
The Squad will begin in October 2018 with members from all areas of regional South Australia. Applications close on 12 September.
Any questions, hit up Creative Producer Alysha Herrmann on Facebook, via email or phone 0416 267 391.  For further information and to apply online for ART SQUAD:
Art Squad is a jointly supported by Carclew and Country Arts SA with funding from the Australia Council, Arts South Australia and the Regional Arts Fund.

Pre-School Program 2018
The Pre-School Program for 2018 is now available to download from Council’s website.
The program includes a wide variety of weekly activities that families can attend with their pre-schooler (aged 0-5 years) in the Renmark Paringa area.  If you run a weekly activity that you would like promoted to the community, please contact Council’s Community Development Staff on 8580 3000.
Renmark Paringa Council’s next FREE Childhood Immunisation Clinic will be on Wednesday 19 September 2018 at the Civic and Community Centre on Eighteenth Street, Renmark, between 1pm-3:15pm. To book your child in, please call the Council Office on 8580 3000. The dates for all upcoming clinics can be found on Council’s website.
Update from Chaffey Community Centre

The Chaffey Community Centre is accessible to all in our community and exists to promote the wellbeing of the whole community by providing a range of services and activities which are developed in response to community needs.
Help with IT
Are you looking for help in using your laptop, iPad or mobile phone? Want to learn how to search the web, download files or even join facebook? The Chaffey Community Centre is offering personalised 60 minute sessions on Tuesdays that can accommodate your specific needs. Simply tell us what you are looking to achieve using your own device and we will book you in with one of our skilled tutors to support your needs. The sessions are suited to your pace of learning and are a great way to broaden your knowledge into the ever-advancing area of computer technology. For further information and bookings call the Chaffey Community Centre on 8586 5745.



Update from the Renmark Paringa Public Library

Children’s Book Week

There’s been a lot of excitement in the Renmark Paringa Library as children, libraries and schools across Australia celebrated Children’s Book Week from August 20 to 24.

A total of 460 children from local schools, visited the Renmark Library for events, stories and activities to celebrate the 2018 Book Week theme ‘FIND YOUR TREASURE’.
Running concurrently with Book Week is the announcement of the Book of the Year Awards which recognises the amazing talents of Australian authors and illustrators. The shortlisted books and award winning books are currently displayed in the library and available for loan after the celebrations.
Children’s Book Week is the longest running children’s festival in Australia dedicated to helping develop a love of reading and lifelong readers.

Update from Renmark Paringa Council's STARCLUB Officer

STARCLUB Community Development Program
Renmark Paringa Council's STARCLUB Community Development Program
 provides support and direction to local Community and Sporting Groups, Clubs and Associations to assist them to be well managed, more sustainable and better able to meet their legislative requirements. This is achieved through the promotion of suitable resources/tools, the provision of training sessions and workshops and by linking clubs with relevant agencies/service providers.
If you would like to know more about how the STARCLUB Community Development Program can help your Community or Sporting group visit Council's website or stay connected and join the SCDO Mailing List.

Child Safe Officer Workshop
On Wednesday August 1, Mike Fenwick presented the Child Safe Officer workshop for sporting clubs. 10 people were in attendance and gained valuable information around the need for policies, code's of conduct and what your responsibility is to ensure children are kept safe. Mike also gave attendees an insight into some of the cases that he has been involved in and highlighted some statistics around child abuse which were quite alarming.
Active Club Program
Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing have just announced that Round 46 of the Active Club Program has opened!  This round of the program helps active sport and recreation clubs with program and equipment up to and including $5,000.
Important Dates
Grant Opened: 15 August
Grant Closes: 26 September 2018 (12pm midday)
Expected Notification: After 17 December 2018
For more information including eligibility and funding guidelines visit -   A clubs progression through the STARCLUB program is one way they prioritise applications for this Grant. If you are wishing to apply for the Active Club Program and are yet to register for the STARCLUB program or need assistance progressing through please contact the STARCLUB Community Development Officer, Hayley Ashworth by emailing or call 8580 3000.

Active Club Program Successful Applicant
Congratulations to the Lyrup Bowling Club who have just been announced as a successful applicant of Round 45 of the Active Club Program which included facility upgrade requests. The club was lucky enough to receive a grant of $7,983 which will be going towards the replacement of a brick wall which surrounds their bowling green.
Weir Pool Manipulation
Weir pool manipulation has begun in Lock 5. It will be raised to a maximum of 0.35m above normal pool level at a rate of 2-5cm per day and will return to a normal pool level by mid November. Since 2000, numerous weir pools in the South Australia reach of the River Murray have been raised to reinstate some aspects of natural water level variability. Using existing weirs, environmental managers are able to slowly raise and lower the water level to improve riverine ecosystems and hydrological connectivity to anabranches and floodplains.
Weir Pool Manipulation explaioned
Cinema and Citizen Science Experience
To celebrate National Science Week SA NRM Murray Darling basin together with the Murray Mallee Regional Science Hub and Renmark Paringa Landcare screened a selection of films from SCINEMA, the largest science film festival in the Southern Hemisphere! Virtual Humans, Look, KCLOC, Astroturf, Protectors of the Penguins, Mexican Fishing Bats, Grassroots, and The Kingdom – How Fungi Made Our World were the films screened at the event. The day also provided an opportunity to recognize the Riverland Citizen science award recipients Nicholas DeMartino and Declan May with a presentation ceremony, acknowledging their significant citizen science efforts in the region.
Climate Change Education
Have you ever wondered how to explain this global human influenced phenomenon to children? Or just wanted a way to illustrate how climate change functions in an easy to digest video? There is a strong, credible body of evidence, based on multiple lines of research, documenting that climate change is real, and we can all be a part of the solution by making smart and informed decisions, and educating our friends and family!
Climate Change Education for kids
Plastic Free Tips – Give Up Bottled Water
A tremendous amount of resources are used to extract, bottle, and ship bottled water. Sadly, many brands of bottled water are simply filtered tap water. Make the switch to a reusable stainless steel bottle such as a Klean Kanteen, who have just come out with a completely plastic-free water bottle with no plastic on the cap at all. Alternatively you can use a or stainless steel travel mug, fill it up with tap water before leaving the house, and refill it wherever you happen to be. Avoiding plastic bottles is also a step in the right direction for health, preventing chemicals from leeching into the water. Unfortunately aluminum bottles aren’t much better, and are lined with an epoxy resin, some of which has also found to leach into water depending on the brand. Why take a chance?
African Boxthorn
African boxthorn invades native vegetation, alters habitat and overruns pastures. It forms dense, impenetrable thickets that reduce access for stock, native animals, people and vehicles. There are a number of easy and effective control methods for boxthorn, the most effective being cutting and spot spraying with glyphosate and mechanical removal. For more information please refer to the 2018 Weed Control Handbook.
RPL Bush Friends Tree Planting Day
Renmark Paringa Lyrup Bush Friends, supported by Renmark Paringa Landcare, are hosting a tree planting day Saturday 1 September, and invite the community along to take part in preserving our stunning Riverland environment. Revegetation often helps start the process of reclaiming lands to improve species diversity, stabilising erosion, habitat for animals and to improve water quality.
Did you know? that you can recycle these items free at Council's Waste Transfer Station?  
  • all metals
  • white goods (washing machines, dishwashers)
  • e-waste (computers, Tvs, microwaves
  • Waste Oil
  • All types of batteries
Visit our website for opening times 
As always thank you to everyone for all your incredible hard work in organising all these wonderful events, activities and ideas; it makes our community a vibrant place to be!

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