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Jane Eliza Solar Farm - Viewpoint - by Neil Martinson
Renmark Paringa Council has recently signed a lease agreement with Akuo Energy for them to build, own and operate a 4.98mw solar farm on Lot 803 Jane Eliza Avenue, Renmark.  To read the full article please see Council's website
Riverland Biosecurity Alliance
It was resolved at this week's council meeting that Renmark Paringa Council will support the Riverland biosecurity Alliance with Elected Members to assist in the promotion of strategies to educate the community on the importance of protecting the region's Pest Free Area status. Information on how we as a community can ensure that we maintain our Pest Free Status will be promoted in the coming months.
Formation of New Asset Committee
Renmark Paringa Council has formed a new Section 41 Committee called the ‘Renmark Paringa Council Asset Committee'. This committee's function is to identify opportunities to reduce the financial impact on Council's operating position and strengthen it's financial sustainability.  The committee will provide a forum for Elected Members to focus on Council's Asset Management aims, objectives , service levels and expenditure.
Renmark Paringa Council 2017/18 Annual report
Available now is Council's 2017/18 Annual Report. Providing an Annual Report to our community gives the opportunity to record what has been achieved by Council and celebrate the successes, as we continue to grow a vibrant, diverse and efficient community. 
For a copy of the document follow the link

December/January School Holiday Program

There’s something for everyone in the December/January School Holiday Program to keep the kids entertained during the 6 week holiday break!  Download your copy here or pick up a copy from any of Council's locations.

Consultation open for Riverland Wine and Food Centre
Help shape the vision for the concept of a Riverland Wine and Food Centre and have your say on a newly released discussion paper.
How can we showcase the Riverland's wine and food?
We want to hear from you about the opportunity to develop a state-of-the-art wine and food centre in the Riverland – aimed at creating a destination experience showcasing the region’s premium wine and food options.
 The paper and consultation process seeks to:
  • formalise the base case and reasons for development
  • confirm the functions and principles
  • identify the criteria for where the Centre may be located
  • identify opportunities to maximise the Centre’s success
  • explore the role of industry, community and government in the development and ongoing operation of the Centre. 
Submissions are due to by 28 February 2019
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 16 January 2019 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.
Meningococcal B Vaccine Program
From 1st October, meningococcal B vaccinations are free for children aged between 6 weeks old and less than 4 years old.
Bookings for Council’s monthly immunisation clinic are essential, please call 8580 3000.
Visit for more information.

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.

Update from the Renmark Paringa Public Library

Update from Renmark Paringa Council's STARCLUB Officer
Renmark Paringa Council currently employs a STARCLUB Community Development Officer and the role is part funded by the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing. Council is seeking endorsement from the other Riverland Councils to establish the role to be Riverland based commencing July 1 2019. This will benefit every sporting and recreational group in the Riverland as they will then have access to the STARCLUB program and the resources which that role brings. For more information please visit our website and if you have any further questions relating how the STARCLUB program could benefit your club please contact Hayley Ashworth at
Berri Barmera Council joins the STARCLUB Field Officer Program
Renmark Paringa Council has been part of the STARCLUB Field Officer program since 2015 and since then was the only Riverland Council involved with the program. However at the December 2018 Ordinary Council Meeting Berri Barmera Council entered into a partnership with Renmark Paringa Council's STARCLUB Program for the first six months of 2019.
Representatives of Community and Sporting groups located within Berri Barmera Council are now able to gain support from the STARCLUB Community Development Officer and will have access to the free club development workshops that are scheduled throughout the year. 
To arrange a meeting to find out how the STARCLUB Community Development Officer can assist you and your club please email or call 8580 3000
Upcoming Workshops
The STARCLUB Community Development workshop program has been finalised for the start of 2019!
All workshops are free of charge and anyone who is located in within Renmark Paringa Council and Berri Barmera Council are welcome to attend. 
For more information including how to register and venues head to -
Registrations are essential. 
Sports Vouchers Update Sports Vouchers program is a Government of South Australia initiative administered by the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing.
The program provides an opportunity for primary school aged children from Reception to Year 7 to receive up to a $100 discount on sports membership/registration fees.

The Government of South Australia has recently approved this $50 increase in the Voucher from $50 to up to $100, in addition to expanding the program to Dance groups. These changes have taken effect from 1 January 2019 (2019 Voucher).
The purpose is to increase the number of children playing organised sport by reducing cost as a barrier to participate.
For more information on how your club can get involved please visit:

Useful Resources
The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing have many useful resources that can assist sport and recreation clubs and they have just recently developed two new resources that are now available on their website:
  •     Amalgamation and Co-location Management Guide  
  •     New Club Constitution Templates
To view these resources and many others go to -
The Future of the River Murray
The recent fish die-offs in the Darling River have demonstrated how fragile our River ecosystem is, and how vulnerable it can be to human influence. When human activity such diversion become ecologically unsustainable, dissolved oxygen levels decrease, flows are altered, and nutrient levels overload the system. In this situation, these die-off events become both possible and more probable. These isolated events can also become a problem for systems connected across the Murray Darling Basin, and fish experts have noted that the mass die-off of fish in the Darling River could result in lower native fish stocks in South Australia. The only way we are going to see things change is if we demand stronger laws, and hold the federal government responsible.

Why our current laws aren’t working.

They are weak, outdated and:
  • Fail to protect rivers, our vanishing wildlife, reefs and forests
  • Enable loggers, big developers and polluting companies to destroy our living world – with very little oversight or responsibility to repair their damage
  • Lock out concerned communities
  • Ignore our international commitments
We need a new framework of national laws to:
Make the federal government responsible for protecting the water we drink, our wildlife, our climate and the places we love
  • Establish an independent commission to set environmental standards
  • Create an independent national Environmental Protection Authority to make sure governments and businesses do the right thing by nature
  • Guarantee communities the right to have a say in environmental decisions 
    If you would like to make a difference Stand up for the Murray Darling, sign the Australian Conservation Foundation petition to demand an independent national EPA to protect Australia's rivers:

Rivafest 2019
Rivafest has wrapped up for another year with the Riverfront event being hailed a huge success!

Now in it’s fifth year,  the balmy summer evening proved popular, drawing a near capacity crowd, ample opportunities to sample our growing range of local craft beverages and regionally inspired menus to delight the tastebuds.  The Murray River was the perfect backdrop to enjoy live entertainment from the Party Club Band, with an overflowing dance floor towards the end of the evening. 

Rivafest, proudly presented by Renmark Paringa Council, continues to evolve with refreshed branding for the 2019 event and an improved site layout which created a more inviting and inclusive environment.  Planning for 2020 will commence in the next couple of months with organisers being very mindful of maintaining the boutique, intimate feel of the event and exploring opportunities to enhance the event atmosphere.

 Event organisers would like to acknowledge the support of all of our event stallholders for 2019 - Angove Family Winemakers, Arrosto Coffee, Jachmann Ciders, The Arnold Brothers, Woolshed Brewery, Twenty Third Street Distillery,  Murray River Queen, Renmark Club, Mishes Kitchen, European Cuisine and Salt and Pepper Catering

 Rivafest would not be possible without the ongoing support of our valued sponsors - Renmark Hotel Motel, Renmark Club, Brett Hammerstein Concretors Pty Ltd, Devilee's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery, Taylor Group of Newspapers, 5RM & Magic 93.1, Occasions Event Management, GJ Gardner Homes Riverland, Bus Biz, BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park, The Gallard Group and Rivergraphics.

 Lastly, a huge thank you to all of our event contractors and Council staff who battled the heat to create such a fantastic event setting!


Rivafest 2020 - Save the Date – Saturday 11 January

Driverless Bus Update
Construction works underway to support Pike Floodplain
Construction works at the Pike Floodplain located between Paringa and Lyrup has kicked off, with the newly formed blocking bank and main environmental regulating structures at Tanyaca Creek and Pike River underway.
You can follow the progress, with fortnightly drone footage of the blocking bank and construction available for viewing on YouTube and the Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin website.

The surface water management infrastructure at Pike will allow up to 1200 hectares of floodplain to be inundated in between natural floods, which will build greater resilience in the vegetation and habitat. This is expected to result in new plant and animal species being seen in the area and improved land management.
On 12 November, the Pike Project Team held a tour of the Pike Floodplain for key stakeholders involved in the Pike Mundic Irrigators group and Pike Land Management Group.
Most of these members have been engaged in the project from the beginning and have spent time out on the floodplain or live adjacent to it, so it was great for them to see the project’s on-ground works so far.
Construction works at the Pike Floodplain are scheduled for completion in November 2019.

Did you know? Council is happy to advertise your community group's events on the display screens that are in the Civic Centre, Visitor Information Centre and at the Library.  All you need to do is send through a digital version of your flyer to giving at least one months notice of event if possible.
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!

Renmark Paringa Council is committed to an inclusive and informed community.

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