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Annual Business Plan Proposed Priority Projects
Renmark Paringa Council have been in consultation with the community on a number of projects during the past twelve months, such as the Infrastructure and Asset Management Plan, Tracks and Trails Strategy and Economic Development Strategy. Once the strategic plans are endorsed, the proposed activities and priorities within each strategic plan form the basis of the Annual Business Plan each year.
Council has collated the key priorities and activities from the strategic plans in preparation for developing the Annual Business Plan for 2016/17 and we are looking to the community to provide feedback as to whether these strategies meet the needs and wants of the community.

Council is hosting the Australia Day Breakfast on Tuesday January 26 2016 at the Jarrett Memorial Gardens from 8am-9am, followed by the official ceremony at 9.20am. We are utilising this opportunity to launch our 28 day public consultation on the proposed projects. Additionally we will also have our Director of Corporate and Community Services ‘Tim Vonderwall’ in attendance who will be happy to answer any queries regarding Council’s strategies. To view the 'Proposed Priority Projects' for the 2016/17 financial year please click here. Information on how feedback can be provided is also available.

From Wednesday 27 January, hard copies will be available to view at the Renmark Paringa Council Civic and Community Centre, 61 Eighteenth Street for 27 days and the consultation period will close on Tuesday 23 February at 5pm.

We are committed to a sustainable future but this can only be done by all of us working together and agreeing on the same goals.
Surveys for Renmark Swimming Pool and Renmark Health and Fitness Centre
Renmark Paringa Council’s leases for the Renmark Swimming Pool and the Renmark Health and Fitness Centre are expiring in the coming months and we are now exploring options for the 2016/17 financial year.
In order to understand the needs and wants of the community, Council have developed a survey for each of the facilities. These surveys seek to understand what the potential community expectations are of the facilities. Council will include community feedback when approaching the market so any potential operators can indicate how they will address community views.
This is your opportunity to tell us what you want to see from your local Swimming Pool and Health and Fitness Centre. Council cannot guarantee to implement all suggestions but will attempt to do so where possible, but will certainly provide the information on to potential service providers.
We appreciate that your time is valuable and as such when you complete the survey/s you will be placed into a draw to win a family pass to the Renmark Swimming Pool for the 2016/17 Season (Pool Survey) and/or 1 of 5 passes to the Renmark Health and Fitness Centre. To complete the Renmark Swimming Pool survey please click here and to complete the Renmark Health and Fitness survey please click here.
The Renmark Swimming Pool and Renmark Health and Fitness Centre surveys will open on Thursday 21 January and will close at 5pm 19 February. Please see below for key dates as to when a member of Council staff will attend the facilities:
  • Monday 1 February – Renmark Health and Fitness Centre (5pm-6pm)
  • Thursday 28 January – Renmark Swimming Pool during (2-4pm)
  • Saturday 13 February – Renmark Health and Fitness Centre (Morning)
For more information please direct queries to Director of Corporate and Community Services ‘Tim Vonderwall’ either by email ‘’ or phone 8580 3000.
Dean Semler's Road to Hollywood
The community may recall a visit to Renmark in November 2013 by Australian Cinematographer, Dean Semler AM. Dean visited Renmark after being contacted by students from St Joseph's School Renmark, where he spent time with them to write, direct and edit a short film titled 'Renmark Rascals'. During his time in Renmark, he invited 
fellow cinematographer and journalist friend, David Brill, to join him and capture the trip. This has resulted in the documentary, 'Dean Semler’s Road to Hollywood' which will air on SBS this Saturday 23 January from 5.30-6.30pm and will be available for viewing afterwards online at SBS On Demand.
Image above - L-R - Cr Allan Maddocks, Mayor Neil Martinson, Cr Helen Slade, Dean Semler AM, Cr Peter Hunter, Cr Maria Spano and Cr Mark Chown at the Mayor's Reception for Dean Semler in November 2013.

Club and Volunteer Development update from Karlie Rice
Hi everyone,
All Community groups, Clubs and Associations should now have received by email (or by post if an email address couldn’t be found) a letter containing information about the Club and Volunteer Development Officer (CVDO) role, the upcoming training workshop on the 23 February and also a link to an Information Survey.

In order for you or your community group to be placed into a draw to win a FREE one year subscription to 'Our Community' newsletter please complete the survey by Monday 15 February.

You can access the survey using the following link-

Key Dates-
15 February- CVDO Information Survey Cut-Off Date
23 February- CVDO Training Workshop
  • Meet ’N’ Greet and
  • STARCLUB Mentoring Session
23 March- 2016/2017 Council Community Development Grant Applications Open

If your Community group, Club or Association have not received the letter either by email or post, please send me an email with all the relevant contact information and I’ll be happy to add the details to the database I am compiling and send you out the information. My email address is
I will be away on a quick break from the 18 - 27 January and I will be looking forward to getting out and about to your meetings and trainings upon my return.

Best Wishes,
Karlie Rice
0455 532 966 / 8580 3000

Renmark Paringa Council 2016 Australia Day Celebrations
We welcome the community to come and join us in celebrating Australia Day on Tuesday 26 January at the Jarrett Memorial Gardens (next to the Library). A FREE community breakfast will be held from 8-9am, which will include a delicious selection of breakfast foods and beverages prepared and served to you by Elected Members and Council staff.  Children will be kept entertained with 'Kiwi the Clown' and a Jumping Castle - both free activities! The Official Ceremony begins at 9.20am, led by Mayor Martinson.  The ceremony will consist of 'Acknowledgment to Country', Flag Raising Ceremony and National Anthem, Citizenship and Affirmation Ceremony, Presentation of Awards to Citizen of the Year - Ellen Traeger, Young Citizen of the Year - Brayden Jenke and Community Event of the Year - South Australian Junior Soccer Association Country Championships and the Australia Day Message which will be delivered by Stephanie Coughlin, an Irish living abroad and the 2015 Renmark Rose Queen.
For any enquiries regarding this celebration, please contact the staff at the Visitor Information Centre on 1300 661 704.

Update from the Chaffey Community Centre!
Renmark Paringa Council is pleased to support “Justice of the Peace” services to residents of the district.
The service will be available at the Chaffey Community Centre on the 1st Tuesday of the month and Renmark Paringa Library on the 3rd Tuesday of the month between 12pm and 2pm starting on Tuesday 2 and 16 February respectively. 
Justices of the Peace are certified to act as an independent and objective witness for various documents for official or legal purposes. They volunteer their services to provide an integral link in the judicial system.
For example, a JP may:
  • attest the execution of a document
  • witness an affidavit for use in court
  • witness a statutory declaration
  • certify a true copy of an original document
  • certify a person’s identity
Clients are to have all original documents and any copies that are required.  There is no appointment required to access the JP service and a photocopying service is available at both sites for a small fee.
For further information contact, Chaffey Community Centre on 8580 3090 or the Renmark Paringa Library on 8586 5544.   

Do you need or want help with studying? Chaffey Learning Exchange (CLX) – The CLX offers a hub for people who are studying in the district. It gives people the opportunity to study with like minded people in a safe and relaxing environment.  CLX will help you find motivation, learning skills and study buddies. For more information go to the CLX Facebook page.

Available on Thursday mornings 9.30am – 11.30am at the Chaffey Community Centre

Crafts at the Chaffey Community Centre:
The Chaffey Community Centre (CCC) offers a space for those who wish to develop their craft skills in a social setting. If you would like to learn new skills bring along your crafts to the CCC every Friday at 10am.

Handmade Society:
Are you busy during the week and never get a chance to work on your projects? Would you like to work on your hand made articles and meet new people?
Come to the CCC and bring what ever you might be working on! For example your knitting, sewing, embroidery, quilting and spend a day with like minded people relaxing and stitching.

For more details on these activities please call the Chaffey Community Centre on 8586 5745.

Update from the Renmark Paringa Public Library
2016 FREE Reading Packs available now at the Renmark Paringa Public Library!

This years 2016 Preschooler Reading Packs are now available free to parents with children aged 3 years of age. The new reading pack resources have a focus on school readiness and food literacy and include Your Family's Favourite Cookbook and the mini picture book series. 2016 Toddler Reading Packs for South Australian children 18 months of age are also available.

The Baby Reading Packs are now only available from your local CaFHs (Child and Family Health Centres) clinic - ask them during your next baby health check for your pack.

Reading packs support parents and carers to read, talk, play and sing with their child every day to help give them the best start in life. Regular positive engagement is important to assist with a child's brain development and growth. Best of all, it's fun and free! 

Ask your friendly Library staff for your pack next time you are visiting the Renmark Paringa Public Library.
Rivafest - Save the Date!
FRINGE EVENT, Saturday 5th March 2016 – SAVE THE DATE!
Rivafest is set to be an afternoon for everyone to enjoy with entertainment and stall holders confirmed for this years’ event on Saturday 5th March from 12noon to 7pm.

With the picturesque Murray River as the event backdrop, the opportunity to soak up the relaxed, laid back atmosphere whilst enjoying the cultural culinary delights of the Riverland and South Australia along with local fine wines, beer, ciders and sangria is one not to be missed. The unique entertainment line up features Riverland Jam Sessions supported by Trick.Acoustic and Adelaide band, Point 05.
The Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery, Angove Family Wine Makers, Dominic Wines, Whistling Kite Vineyard and Renmark By Design Juice Bar will all be present at the event to quench patrons thirst. With European Cuisine, Pego’s Woodfire Pizzas and Pat’s Thai Food Van also in attendance to satisfy your taste buds.
“The selection of local beverage and cultural cuisine will go perfectly with the River Murray as a backdrop. Coupled with an exceptional line up of both Riverland and South Australian entertainment, Rivafest is set to showcase the superb Riverland producers and talent to both locals and visitors alike,” said Director of Corporate and Community Services, Tim Vonderwall.

Increased event exposure has been driven by the Adelaide Fringe Festival registration and also the positive response received from local businesses offering sponsorship. “Rivafest is an exciting new addition to the Adelaide Fringe Festival program and enables the awareness of the event to be received on a much larger scale. We have also received an overwhelming level of support from local businesses, who are committed to see the event continue to grow.”
Discounted ticket sales are available now via or at the Renmark Paringa Visitor Information Centre.
For more information contact the Renmark Paringa Visitor Information Centre on 1300 661 704.
Don't miss out on your opportunity to book in a tour with 'The Flavour Safari'! Tours will run until the end of January. Travelling in an air-conditioned bus, you’ll get to meet the grower(s), the brewer and the winemaker behind this great produce - 'from Dirt to the Dish' taste the best the Riverland has to offer.

Tours depart every Monday-Wednesday-Friday (except Public Holidays)

  • Departing Renmark Visitor Information Centre 9.00am
  • Big 4 Caravan Park 9.10am
  • Riverbend Caravan Park 9.20am
  • Tour concludes at 2.45pm

Simply go to the Flavour Safari Facebook page or call the Renmark Visitor Information Centre 08 8586 6704. Enquiries can also be made to the Woolshed Brewery 08 8595 8188.

Fight the Bite!
Summer is nearly here! Summer is a time for holidaying, being outside and by the river – but it also means it’s time for mosquitoes to breed and bite!
We all know mosquitoes can be a nuisance, but some can spread serious diseases – it’s up to you to ‘Fight the Bite’ and protect yourself and your family from mosquito-borne disease.
For more information please follow this link to Council’s Environmental Health page on our website.
3rd Quarter Council Rates due by 1st March
The 3rd Quarter Council Rates are due and payable by 1st March.  Rates notices will be posted to ratepayers within the next week.
Payment options include:
  • Posting a Cheque or Money Order to Council
  • In Person at the Civic Centre by EFTPOS/Credit Card (excluding American Express and Diners Card), Cash, Money Order or Cheque
  • By telephone with a Credit Card - contact the Council on 8580 3000
  • Post Billpay at any Post Office
  • Telephone or Internet Banking - BPAY
  • CentrePay
Further information about these payment options can be found on the back page of your rates notice.
If you have any queries regarding your rates, please contact Council's Rates Officer, Christos Karantonis on 8580 3000.
Receive and Manage Your Rates Bill Online with BPAY View
Managing your rates bills with online banking has never been easier! Ratepayers are now able to fully manage their Renmark Paringa Council rates with the click of a mouse button with the introduction of BPAY View® for delivery of rates notices.
BPAY View allows you to receive, view, store and pay your rates notices online through the safety and security of your online banking provider.

When you register for BPAY View we will send your quarterly rates notice straight to the same online bank you use to pay them, saving you from shuffling paper. With convenient email, SMS or bank message reminders* and secure online or mobile access, BPAY View makes it easy to pay on time, every time† from anywhere in the world^. And BPAY View is easy on the environment too.
Say goodbye to paper bills – Register for BPAY View today!
It only takes a few minutes to get started with BPAY View.

To register for BPAY View:
  1. Log into your online banking account
  2. Look for the BPAY View or View Bills section
  3. Register to receive your Renmark Paringa Council rates notice by entering:
  • the Biller Code: 36145
  • your BPAY reference number: located in the BPAY section at the bottom of your rates notice
  • your customer name on the bill: exactly as it appears on the rates notice
Your rates bill will be automatically sent to your online banking account. You’ll be notified when your bill arrives by email, SMS or internet bank notification*, depending on your preference and Financial Institution.
BPAY® and BPAY View® are trademarks of BPAY Pty Ltd ABN 69 079 137 518
*Notification options may vary for each Financial Institution. Contact your Financial Institution for further information. †Subject to availability of funds. ^BPAY View is accessible anytime and anywhere you have access to your online, mobile or phone bank.
For further information, visit
Share your Riverland Summer with Destination Riverland
Destination Riverland are running their "Share your Riverland Summer' Competition again this year - don't miss your chance to get involved!
Whether it's action packed water sports, camping on the river, visiting a local attraction or enjoying local produce with your family and friends, simply share a picture or video that shows all the stuff that makes the Riverland the best place in summer! With 2 GoPro cameras up for grabs and the chance to have your photo on the front cover of the Riverland Experiences booklet, there has never been a better time to get out and about and 'Share your Riverland Summer'! Upload your photo or video to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #myriverland in the caption of your image before 11.59pm on Friday 12 February.
For competition details, please 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!

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The Communications Team

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