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RENMARK PARINGA COUNCIL UPDATE

Local Government Professionals SA Excellence Awards -
Renmark Paringa Council wins the Leadership
in Community Services Award!

On Friday 17 April, Renmark Paringa Council won the Leadership in Community Services Award at the '2015 Local Government Leadership Excellence Awards' for the ‘RiverLife – Get into it!’ Project.
We are very proud to receive this Award as it recognises Council’s 10 plus years of commitment to improving the health and well being of our community.
None of this however would have been possible without the vision, hard work and dedication of the following people;
•CEO Tony Siviour
•Jannene Graham
•Adrian Pipe
•Carmel Pethick
•Apryl Smith
•Stephanie Coughlin
•Sally Martin
•The RiverLife Steering Committee
•Councillor Peter Hunter who chaired the Steering Committee
•Emma Warner and Poppy Papageorgiou
•The various community members who volunteered their time to the project

It has been an amazing journey and that has seen us;
•Engage with over 2,200 people –over 20% of our population
•Have participants from as far away as Lameroo, Ceduna and even Sydney
•Enable Muslim women as old as 60 to swim for the very first time
•Teach Afghani men how to ride a bicycle
•Support over 1,300 locals to achieve 10,000 steps per day – people still tap there hip when we see them on the streets, to show us that they are still wearing their pedometer.

This Award just gives us even more motivation to continue working with our community as we strive to build a healthier, more sustainable community. If you would like to see the award for yourself, it can be viewed at the Renmark Paringa Community and Civic Centre.

Recent Works in the Community
At Renmark Paringa Council we take great pride in our towns and are continuously striving to make them the most stunning along the River Murray.
In 2014 we held a community consultation to choose a location for a public toilet in Jane Eliza to improve the function/usability of that area. This work has recently finished and we wanted to share the progress with you and encourage you to use the facility at your leisure.
Surplus Lighting Available from Council

Please be advised that an Expression of Interest process for some surplus lights/lamps has opened.
Number/s available are:

  • 5 x Large green street lamps
  • 14 x Small green street lamps
  • 20 x Posts
  • 2 x Walkway lights
  • 9 x Globes for walkway lights

We  invite Community Groups to register their interest by Friday 22 May 2015, giving details of how many lights/poles are required and what the intended purpose is..
Please note that approval would need to be given for them to be installed on Council Land.
For more information please click here or contact Council directly on 8580 3000.

Have your Say and Save Pensioner Concessions on Rates - Sign the Petition!

Renmark Paringa Council, in partnership with Local Government Association of South Australia (LGA), are conducting a campaign seeking the reinstatement of Council Concessions Rate  ($190 for pensioners and concession card holders and $100 for self-funded retirees).
Copies of the 'Concessions on Council Rates Petition' are available to the public to sign at the Renmark Paringa Community and Civic Centre, the Renmark Paringa Visitor Information Centre, The Chaffey Community Centre and the Renmark Public Library. The deadline for signatures is Monday 18 May.
Petitions will be forwarded to State Members of Parliament requesting them to be tabled in early June.
Community support is needed and we would appreciate as much support as possible.
Poppy display at the Renmark Paringa Civic and Community Centre
Make sure you check out the beautiful art display of poppies, created by local artists in various art forms, that will be on display at the Renmark Paringa Community and Civic Centre during the month of May.
 
Public Consultation
GRANTS
Community Grants Close on 18 May....
It's not too late to submit an application for the 2015/2016 Community Development Grants.
Eligible community groups can apply for between $500 and $5,000 to deliver local projects.
Applications for the grants will close at 5.00pm on Monday 18 May.
Grant Application Forms and Guidelines can be found on the Council website, emailed to you by contacting: grants@renmarkparinga.sa.gov.au or ringing Emma at the Council Office on 8580 3000.

MADE IN RIVERLAND UPDATE

Are you looking for workshops that will help develop and grow your business? Made in Riverland now have a series of workshops to help you with all aspects of business at an affordable price and at times to suit you. Check out the flyer below for more details and join their mailing list by clicking here.

CHILDREN/YOUTH

Blue Light SA  - Disco!
Renmark Paringa Council are proud to support Blue Light SA with their Hero Disco. This event is open to all Riverland Primary School Children in years Reception to 7 on Friday 22 May at Berri Town Hall and yes, we understand that it should read "who's your hero"!
Renmark Paringa Council FREE Immunisation Clinic
Renmark Paringa Council’s next FREE Childhood Immunisation Clinic will be on Wednesday 20 May at the Civic 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.

HEALTH AND WELL BEING

Renmark Paringa Council continue to support the Heart Foundation Walking Group in Renmark and across the region. Get involved and join other walkers to help celebrate Heart Week at this event.

ENVIRONMENT

Advance Notice - SCI WORLD is coming to Renmark!
A Science inspired fun day will be held at the McCormick Centre from 10am-3pm on Sunday 23 August 2015. This will be a FREE event with lots of hands on and interactive activities to help celebrate National Science Week and to show how fun Science really is! More information will become available closer to the time.
Free pest animal control service for farmers
A new Farmer Assist Program provides landholders access to a database of qualified Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia members with program-accredited shooting skills to assist with on-property pest animal control.
For more info, visit the website or contact Matthew Godson on 0448 887 079 or by email.
Volunteer Recognition Tour of Katfish Reach
EDUCATION
FREE Parenting Event
To secure your place at this fantastic seminar, please click here.
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you attend the ANZAC Day services in Renmark this year and wonder where all the beautiful poppies came from? Well the project began in October 2014 and was a Community Project called the 'Anzac Day 2015 Centenary Commemoration Poppies Project' and was inspired by the '5,000 Poppies Project'.


The Craft and Knitting group of the Chaffey Community Centre, namely Paula Simmons and Judy Watkins were instrumental in getting this community project for the Commemoration of the 100 years since Anzac off the ground. 
The RSL and a number of community groups and individuals, including Renmark Paringa Council, along with local craft groups and individuals, school children, and their parent/carer made felt poppies.  All of the handcrafted poppies were attached onto wire sticks by RSL volunteers and displayed at the Renmark ANZAC Day ceremony. Wooden crosses (representing the amount of Renmark Paringa people who lost their lives in WW1) from the Canberra War Memorial were inscribed by local school children with messages of thanks and remembrance and then lined the footpath surrounding the Cross of Sacrifice in Renmark.  These crosses will now be sent back to Canberra, where the War Memorial will arrange for them to be laid throughout the Centenary period on war graves and memorials where Australian servicemen and women are buried in countries such as Turkey, France, Belgium, Malaysia, Singapore, Greece, South Africa and the Middle East.
 
Council would like to thank the many people involved in this wonderful community project.

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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