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RENMARK PARINGA COUNCIL UPDATE

2015 Leadership Excellence Awards!

Renmark Paringa Council is very excited and incredibly proud to announce that the RiverLife: Get Into It project has been selected as a finalist in the Local Government Professionals SA, 2015 Leadership Excellence Awards!

The RiverLife project will be a finalist in the Leadership in Community Services category with the winner to be announced at the Gala Awards dinner to be held in Adelaide on Friday 17 April.
 
The Leadership Excellence Awards aim to increase public awareness of the level of expertise and excellence in Local Government, continue to improve the quality of leadership and management across Local Government and to recognise the high standard of work that is happening across the sector.
 
The Council would like to thank everyone who participated in the RiverLife project and helped make it such a success!
Community Consultation
Council would like to invite the community to attend a 'Community Consultation' to discuss opportunities for our parks and gardens in the district. We want to hear your thoughts and ideas for these spaces, so please join us on Wednesday 25 February, at the Renmark Paringa Council Chambers at a session time which suits you. If you would like more information/RSVP please see the flyer below or contact our Director of Infrastructure & Environmental Services 'Paul Day' on 8580 3000. We look forward to seeing you on the night and working with the community on this strategy.
Library Officer Position at Renmark Paringa Public Library
 
Do you like working with the community? Have you got a passion for high quality customer service? Would you like to be part of an exciting, energetic team that have a passion for knowledge? If your answer is yes to these questions then your dream job at the Renmark Paringa Public Library could be yours! We have advertised this position in The Murray Pioneer, on our Facebook page and on our website. If you would like more information please go to our Website or contact Maxine on 8586 5544.

Save Pensioner Concessions on Rates

In June 2014 the Commonwealth Government cut funding to the State Government for pensioner and other concessions amounting to $27m.

The State Government has maintained concessions on Council rates paid under the SA Parliament's Rates and Land Act 1986 ($34m) this financial year. However it has announced that it will stop concessions on rates from 1 July 2015.
We estimate that next year's rates, for most people currently eligible for a concession, will include a "bill shock" of around 20% without the concession.
Council is opposed to the Federal cut and is also oposing the State Government's decision to abolish concessions on Council rates.
Help us to help our most vulnerable to retain their concession payments.
To support your Council's aim to reverse this desicion, please contact your local member of Parliament - go to: lga.sa.gov.au/localmp or alternatively phone direct;
Federal - Tony Pasin MP on 85312466
State - Tim Whetstone MP on 85824230.
Tracks and Trails Strategy
We would like to say thank you to our community for providing feedback on the Tracks and Trails Strategy. The Strategy was available for review on our website from 8 January to 13 February 2015 and the consultation was promoted through ABC Riverland and the Murray Pioneer, our newsletter, various Council Committees and also on our Facebook page. We have received many positive comments about the Strategy as well as additional ideas to improve and/or extend various tracks and trails. Council staff are currently reviewing the comments received and will develop a summary of these responses that will be included in the Strategy. Thank to everyone who took the time to read it and to those who contributed feedback.
Rates are Due on March 3rd
Please note that rates are due on 3 March 2015. BPAY is the preferred and cheapest option of payment and if you would like more information on that method of payment or others which may suit you better please go to our website for more details.
Rivafest
Rivafest is back and will be held on Saturday 18 April between 11am to 6pm on Renmark's beautiful Riverfront. Rivafest will showcase the Riverland’s best local produce through its food and beverages and will also include local music artists to support our headline act ‘Uncle Jed’ - Winner of the 2013 Australia’s Got Talent.  Confirmed stall holders are Wilkadene Brewery, Angove’s, Caudo Vineyard, Pego’s Pizza and European Cuisine.  For more information contact the Renmark Paringa Visitor Information Centre on 8586 6704.
I Have an Idea - Community Budget Submissions
Do you have local solutions to local issues that Council may not have considered? As a community member we value your local knowledge and your insight into what matters in the Renmark Paringa Council area. We’d like to hear your ideas, which will help us decide where money should be spent in the 2015/16 annual budget that will assist in the delivery of Council’s Vision of 'Committed to a sustainable future' and the four Council Strategies:
1. An active and engaged community supported by services and facilities that enhance our quality of life
2. A strong and sustainable economy built on diversifying our established industries and attracting new industries and investors through collaborative partnerships
3. The enhancement and protection of our natural and built environment and cultural heritage
4. Council aspires to be recognised as a highly regarded and reputable organisation which achieves its goals and builds its community trust and pride in our organisation
No matter how big or small your idea is or whether you’re an individual, community group or business, we want to hear from you.
Council will consider all ideas in the development of the 2015/16 Annual Business Plan.
Ideas are to be submitted by 24 February 2015.
For further information or queries please contact:
Email - myidea@renmarkparinga.sa.gov.au
Phone - (08) 8580 3000
Renmark Paringa Council - I Have An Idea - Community Budget Submissions
Aboriginal Regional Authority Policy
Would you like to attend a consultation meeting to discuss the Aboriginal Regional Authority Policy? A draft of the policy has been developed and is available on the Department of Development website.There will be a consultation session held in Berri on Thursday 5 March from 10.00am – 3.00pm at the Berri Resort Hotel on Riverview Drive and members of the Aboriginal Community and those who have an invested interest are invited to attend. If you would like more information regarding the policy please click here.
For more information please contact Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation on 08 8226 8900 or 1800 127 001
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GRANTS
Community Grants....
Does your community/sporting group need funds to assist in carrying out a project?  Council have Minor Grants of up to $1,000 that are available all year round, that you may be able to apply for.
There are also Youth Grants available for local youth aged 24 years and under who are representing the district, state or country within South Australia, Australia or internationally.  You could be participating in Sport & Recreation, Performing Arts – eg dance, theatre, drama, Visual Arts, Debating, Youth Parliament, Culture & Heritage, Music or Environment.
You can download a copy of the grant guidelines and application form on the Application Forms page on Council’s website or contact Community Services staff on 8580 3000.

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NRM volunteer small grants....
The Natural Resource Management (NRM) Volunteer Small Grants program supports community volunteers working to protect and restore natural resources in the SAMDB region with up to $1,000 funding for equipment, project costs and activities. Eligible groups include landcare groups, land management groups, wetland groups, Friends of Parks groups, Local Action Planning groups, and other community groups undertaking NRM projects.
For further information refer to the NRM Volunteer Small Grants fact sheet and application form on their website
 
Closing date for submissions is 5pm Thursday 5 March

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NRM Agricultural and Fishing Innovation Grants....
Natural Resource Management (NRM) Agricultural and Fishing Innovation Grants can be used to undertake the following innovative agricultural or fishing practices and technologies activities including but not limited to: trials and demonstrations; development; increase on farm adoption; promotion. Grants are for up to $25,000.
 
For full details including application guidelines and forms, visit the grant website
 
Applications are due on or before Friday 25 March.

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Grants for Seniors....
The aim of Grants for Seniors program funding is to increase options for older people to participate in group and/or community activities, generally through the purchase of equipment or small scale program support. The program provides funding of up to $5,000 on a one-off basis for projects that are delivered over a maximum period of six months, for the purchase of equipment and other small scale program supports for community organisations.
 
To apply for this grant complete the online application form on their website or contact Office for the Ageing on (08) 8204 2420 for more information. 
 
Applications close 5pm Friday 27 February 2015.

CHILDREN/YOUTH

Pool Party!
Renmark Paringa Council are proud to support Blue Light SA for their 'Pool Party' event which will take place at the Renmark Swimming Centre on Thursday 26 February between 4.30pm-7pm. For more information check out the flyer below or contact James or Chloe at Berri Police Station on 8595 2020.
Renmark Paringa Council FREE Immunisation Clinic
Renmark Paringa Council’s next FREE Childhood Immunisation Clinic 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

Fight the Bite
 
This is a great time of year to enjoy walks in the evening along our beautiful Riverfront in Renmark but please remember to protect yourself against Mosquitoes. For more information on how you can do this please go to the SA Health 'Fight the Bite' Website.

ENVIRONMENT

Visit your local wetland on sun-down to experience it in its prime
Local public wetlands with great frog activity:

a) Whirlpool Corner Wetland, Schmidt Dr off Murtho Rd

b) Johnsons' Waterhole, Ral Ral Floodplain off Goolwa St

c) Paringa Paddock, Sturt Highway

d) Bookmark Creek, 26th St near Settlers Bend

e) McCormick Centre Wetland, Ral Ral Ave
Upcoming events open to everyone
Working Bee
  • Clean Up Australia Day, Sunday, 1 March 2015. Meet at 21st Street parking bay. Start at 9am and finish by 11am. Bring usual: hat, gloves and water. Stay for a tea or coffee afterwards.
 Meeting
  • 31 March starting at 7pm in the Civic Centre
Have your say on the proposed amendments to The SAMDBNRM Board's 2015-18 Business & Operational Plan

The SAMDBNRM Board is seeking feedback on the proposed amendments to the Business and Operational Plan.
Submissions can be made by:
The draft 2015-18 Business and Operational Plan and feedback form can be downloaded from the SAMDBNRM Board’s website. The consultation period closes 5pm 23 February.
EDUCATION
Computer Classes at the Chaffey Community Centre

Three courses offered which cater for beginner through to more advanced users.  
Starting on Friday 20 February – Intermediate Computing
Tuesday 24 February – Basic Computing
Wednesday 25 February – Internet & Email
Cost is $60 for 6 weeks and run for 2 hours.

These courses have limited availability so booking early is essential. Please call the Chaffey Community Centre on 8586 5745 for further information or for bookings.
Learn the art of Greek Cooking at the Chaffey Community Centre

Learn how easy it is to prepare and cook Greek Cuisine.
A two course meal will be prepared in each session.
Students will receive recipes for all that is prepared and cooked in class.
Starting Tuesday 3 March for a 4 week course, cost is $65.00 which includes all ingredients.

These courses have limited availability so booking early is essential. Please call the Chaffey Community Centre on 8586 5745 for further information or for bookings.
It Starts with Us – Steps to Success

A Free 8 week education program for adults 17+ to 24, who are not enrolled in school or study, providing an alternative learning option.
First Session will be on Thursday 26 February – 10.00 – 2.00pm and will continue every Thursday for 8 weeks at the Chaffey Community Centre.
 
Participants will be linked to the Career development Centre post program for further career planning and support.
For more information contact Poppy Papageorgiou on 8586 5745 at the Chaffey Community Centre or email.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Renmark Paringa Community Museum
Have you made a visit to the Renmark Paringa Community Museum? We made a visit last week to meet with Russell who is the museum administrator/coordinator for a tour. It is such a beautiful community museum which showcases an age where our region was at the forefront of developing new technologies in the agriculture and rail industries. Community groups and the community at large are welcome to visit and are encouraged to make use of the fantastic BBQ and entertaining facilities. If you would like more information please contact Russell Holdsworth at rpmcgrussell@hotmail.com
Breast Screening truck is back in the Riverland

For information on opening times or if you would like to make an appointment please call 13 20 50 or email: BSSAenquiries@health.sa.gov.au

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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RENMARK PARINGA COUNCIL

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