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Re-Opening of Indoor Pool
Council can finally announce that the repair work to the indoor pool at the Alan Coulter Recreation Centre has been completed and Mayor Martinson will be hosting the official re-opening on 5 August 2019, which is open to the public to attend.

 Renmark Paringa Council has endorsed an event proposal which will see a new event for Christmas 2019!

Why a new event?

The Renmark Pageant event, as delivered in the past, holds a high level of emotional attachment for many long term residents. It was an event organised by a fantastic team of volunteers and was traditionally held on the first Friday in December. In recent years the format was slightly altered in that the event was changed to a Saturday and through circumstances beyond control such as bad weather saw a decline in attendance numbers. The Renmark Pageant Committee have done a wonderful job over a number of years, bringing the community together to celebrate the festive season, have advised that none of the current five members are looking to continue for the 2019 event. It was identified by Council that there was a risk emerging for the Christmas 2019 period whereby there may be no Christmas celebration at all. Therefore in anticipation of this risk, Council staff researched similar events in the region, state and interstate to find a model which was new and suited our community. A refreshed event structure has been proposed that endeavours to capture the essence of Christmas, create economic outcomes, build community spirit and encourage social interaction.

Through consultation, Council staff established that many people and families are extremely busy at the end of November / early December with work shows, sport and school activities and that many have not even contemplated Christmas and the many aspects associated with this time of year. Though, once school / scheduled activities have finished and workers start to look forward to an impending break over the festive season, spirit starts to build and they look to relax and enjoy the lead up to the week before Christmas.

The proposed event, aims to enhance the festive spirit by hosting the event on the last Friday before Christmas, creating a wonderful opportunity for workers to celebrate the end of the working year, friends and family to return home to reconnect, visitors to arrive in the district and families to mark the first week of school holidays. This event will seek to activate the Renmark Riverfront with activities such as; live music entertainment, niche gift stalls, family and roving entertainment , food and coffee trucks, potential for Renmark Hotel and Renmark Club to offer beverage sales on the Riverfront, Santa’s Cave, fireworks or laser light show and accompanied with a community style parade. In turn, this date change creates unique youth engagement opportunities through school holiday activities at Council sites, Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) facilities and brings together the community at the most special time of the year.  Events similar to the proposed format have been proven successful in other locations around the State, including Robe and Victor Harbor. A local focus would apply to the event with local suppliers engaged (where possible) to ensure the economic footprint created by the event stays within the region.

 Council staff will now scope the project in detail and will seek to establish a Community Champion Group to assist with the development of the event, in particular the parade. Details regarding this will be promoted via Council’s media platform in the coming weeks.

 We hope this event is successful so save the date for Friday 20 December 2019 and tell friends and family who are returning for the festive season to do the same!

Autonomous Bus Update
The autonomous shuttle trial is due to be open to the public in Renmark in early August. The shuttle is currently testing and training safety chaperones before the trial commences.
The trial at Renmark includes a custom-built smart traffic control signal installed at the intersection of Ral Ral Avenue and Thurk Street. The smart traffic control signal operates using a geofenced connection with the driverless shuttle such that when the vehicle enters the geofenced area the smart traffic control signals operate providing an amber to red signal stopping the traffic on Ral Ral Avenue. There are two smart traffic signal groups in place, a group for each direction of the carriageway, stopping one direction at a time as the vehicle crosses. The smart traffic control signals will only be in operation when the autonomous shuttle wants to cross the intersection, reducing the impact on traffic movement at the intersection of Thurk Street and Ral Ral Avenue.
The Renmark Paringa Council has undertaken a competition to name and design the vehicle. The winning name and design will be unveiled at the launch.
Upcoming Events
What? The Youth Survey is Australia’s largest annual survey of young people. The online survey is open to young people between the ages of 15 and 19, and takes 15 minutes to complete.
Why? The Youth Survey is a key evidence and policy platform used by governments, NGOs, schools and community organisations around the country. Taking part will help us and other organisations advocate for policies and programs that support young people.
When?  The Youth Survey is now open and will close on the 31st of July 2019.
How? Young people can take part either on a laptop, computer or via mobile phone.
Please help us spread the word on social media! Via
Facebook, Twitter (@MissionAust), Instagram (@mission_aust) or LinkedIn.
Where? Young people can take part via by clicking the ‘Have your say!’ button.
Pre-School Program 2019
The Pre-School Program for 2019 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 21 August 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 Immunisation Program

Students in Year 10 or 11 this year will be able to receive the meningococcal B vaccination for free as part of the school immunisation program. The free vaccination is only available for Year 11’s until the end of 2019.

Young adults aged 17 to less than 21 years will be able to receive the free meningococcal B vaccination until the end of 2019.

For more information about the free Meningococcal B Immunisation Program, visit

Update from Renmark Paringa Public Library

Update from Renmark Paringa Council's STARCLUB Officer
Succession Planning

If one of your committee members resigns will their knowledge and experience go with them leaving your club in a difficult situation?

Now, more than ever, there is a need for sports clubs and community organisations to consider their futures.
Hans Van Bavel from Delta Training will highlight a few key questions that your club will need to think about including: what if key volunteers leave? Will all their knowledge and experience go with them? Who will take on the key roles and how will this process of change and handover happen? Hans will give you some ideas on what your club can put in place to ensure your club is well set up in the future.
Details are as follows:
Date: August 12
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Venue: Berri Hotel

Registrations will close on Wednesday August 7 so get in quick to avoid missing out!
DHS Working with Children Checks Information Session
The DHS Screening Unit will be running Community Information Sessions in partnership with Volunteerting SA & NT to update volunteer organisations and the wider community about the new Working with Children Check.
A free session is being held on Wednesday September 18 at the Berri Hotel. For more information and to register your attendance head to -
The DHS Screening Unit will be running Community Information Sessions in partnership with Volunteerting SA & NT to update volunteer organisations and the wider community about the new Working with Children Check.
A free session is being held on Wednesday September 18 at the Berri Hotel. For more information and to register your attendance head to -
Super Cricket coming to the Riverland
SACA is bringing a new fast, fun and flexible form of social sport to Riverland, weeknights this October and November with the first regionally run version of Adelaide's immensely popular Super Cricket format.
Community sporting clubs and groups are encouraged to register their interest in entering a team of 8 players for this new program featuring 12-over per side matches that give everyone a chance to bat and bowl each week with their mates.
Should sufficient interest be shown to run the pilot, prior to July 31, further information and the opportunity to formally register your team will be available from August 1.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact SACA Officer for the Riverland Kurt Miegel ( 166 861)
To register your interest please visit -
ORSR Statewide Consultation
Thanks to all those who attended the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing's Statewide Consultation held in Berri on June 25. Various questions were asked to the group including:
  • What does a healthy active state look like?
  • How should funding be prioritised?
  • What is a game changer for your club?
It was great to hear the community's opinion and also Council's at the session the following day. There will be another opportunity for the community to have input into the three strategy's so make sure you keep an eye on your emails.
Mental Wellbeing in Sport Forum
On June 28 Sport SA together with SA Mental Health Commission facilitated a Mental Wellbeing in Sport Forum which saw 200 people participate either in person or online representing 125 organisations and 43 different sports.
This was a great forum and there were some really valuable resources and information that came out of the day. If you were unable to participate in the forum you can now watch it online by visiting -
Riverland Bioquest
Only 7 days until the Riverland bioQuest competition kicks off! This bioQuest will run from 1 August 2019 to 1 August 2020 through the QuestaGame application in the Riverland region. The competition is open for anyone to participate in and is completely free. There will be opportunities to earn points for your sightings and identifications and win prizes for them and join a local Riverland team.
When you are looking for animals, plants and fungi to photograph you'll get to experience nature on real outdoor adventures, learn secrets of the life around you with expert feedback on all your sightings. What's even better is that you'll get to help to protect the environment and contribute to biodiversity research through your sightings at the same time!
Alan Coulter Recreation Centre - Floor Replacement
More exciting works have commenced at the Alan Coulter Recreation Centre, with Court 2’s flooring being replaced. These vital works will remove the old flooring and replace with a modern multi- sport timber flooring system that will improve game play for all sports that use the facility. It is estimated these works will be completed by mid August.
Construction Works to begin
Council's contractors will be commencing construction works on Acacia Crescent in August. The aim of this project is to redirect stormwater to relieve localised flooding in high rain events. For any queries regarding this project please contact Alvanos Earthmoving on 0403 171 336.

Rose Winter Pruning

Council’s Rose Maintenance Contractor has commenced the winter rose pruning for 2019 which also includes bed renovations at the corner of 17th Street and Renmark Avenue, and the corner of Thurk Street and Ral Ral Avenue. These works involve reduced speeds where staff are working, please take care and follow all traffic management signage.

The replacement roses will be planted in the coming months, Council is working with St Joseph’s School to coordinate the replanting at Ral Ral Avenue, as this bed was originally established by the school.

Did you know? that you can register your cat's microchip number on line?  If you already have a registered dog in the new on-line system, it is as easy as adding your cat's details to your profile, if not, you need to create your profile and add the cat's details - there is no charge to register a cat as you are only registering the microchip number.  This makes for a simple and sure way of helping council staff to reunite lost pets with their owners.  If you acquire either a dog or cat from a prior owner, please make sure that you update the microchip details to you as the new owner. Council staff are happy to assist you or visit
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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