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Australian aquatic, fitness and leisure management specialists, Belgravia Leisure, is officially set to attain management rights of two of Renmark’s leisure and recreation facilities. The management agreement will incorporate both the Renmark Swimming Centre and the Renmark Recreation Centre into a single management agreement.

Renmark Paringa Council began the review of the two facilities in mid-2015, due to the previous agreements due expiring. The review included a fresh look at the operating models, seeking community feedback, and seeking interest from anyone interested in the management of the facilities. “It’s been a thorough and important review process to appoint the right management company for the Renmark Paringa and Riverland Community,” Tim Vonderwall, Councils, Director of Corporate and Community Services says. “The previous incumbents have been a good support through the process and now we have appointed a new management company, we can work with stakeholders to transition in an appropriate way”.
Belgravia Leisure is an Australian company which employs over 4,500 staff in approximately 100 swim, sports, fitness, health & wellness and leisure facilities. In the past five years, Belgravia Leisure has invested more than $6 million in infrastructure and equipment upgrades at Australian Local and State Government facilities. Belgravia Leisure will formally begin management of the two iconic facilities for a period of three years, effective from 10th October 2016, with first rights for a further three plus three years.

Renmark Paringa Council’s Mayor Neil Martinson is also proud to announce that Council has resolved to rename the Renmark Recreation Centre. The centre will be renamed to the Alan Coulter Recreation Centre in recognition of Alan devoting over 36 years of contribution to the Renmark Paringa Community and development of the centres facilities and services. “I find it incredible that the Council is offering in renaming our centre. I humbly accept this honour; however if it wasn’t for the unwavering support and input from Lois my wife and children, Garth and Laura over the past 36 years, plus our staff and volunteers, we would not have been able to reach the high standard and popularity it is today. But there is always room for improvement.” said Alan Coulter,
Belgravia Leisure currently manages 11 sites in South Australia including; The Rex Barossa Aquatic and Fitness Centre, the Copper Coast Sports and Leisure Centre in Kadina and the Ingle Farm Recreation Centre.
“This is an exciting opportunity for Belgravia Leisure. It adds to our continued commitment to enhance customer experiences and improve operation efficiencies for Australian communities. The Alan Coulter Recreation Centre and Renmark Swimming Centre are key community assets, providing quality social programs and services through activity hubs across the Riverland.”
“We look forward to working closely and sensitively with the Council and the local community throughout the pending transition,” Mr Cox says.
It is expected that it will be business as usual with both facilities as the transition of management occurs. The Renmark Swimming Centre is expected to open on its scheduled date, 23 of October.
For any questions about the new arrangements please visit Council’s website. For more information about Belgravia Leisure visit

New Signage on Highway!
Renmark Paringa Council has updated its 'Welcome to Renmark' Signage on the Sturt Highway. This is being done just in time for the Renmark Rose Festival when an influx of tourists visit the Region and Council felt that this was the best time to showcase some of our major Tourist attractions.

The images for the signs were chosen to reflect attractions which are available for the majority of the year. Grant Schwartzkopff has worked with Council, Rivergraphics, the Dinghy Derby Club and the PS Industry to take pictures and capture the essence of the Renmark Paringa Community.
We have also been in consultation with the Rose Committee who's event have been on the 'Welcome to Renmark' signage for many years to make them aware of the coming changes. Michael Schuetze who is the Chairman of Council's Tourism Committee and also on the Rose Festival Committee said that he was "happy to see the new signage showcase two fantastic attractions here in Renmark".

The new signage will have a new feature to allow events be promoted as when needed (as seen in the above pictures with the Rose Festival signs). These promotional spaces will be managed in the same way as Community Banners at the Renmark Roundabout and on Ral Ral Ave; through the Renmark Paringa Council Visitor Information Centre.

The signage was installed on Wednesday 28 September (just before the storm hit!) to replace the signage outside Almond Co and past the Causeway on the Renmark side. Please note that the Paringa sign will not be changed as it was recently replaced in the last 12 months but will be updated with new branding.

For more information please contact Stephanie at Council on 8580 3000.
Rose Festivals Ambassadors
Renmark Paringa Council is again proud to be support the Renmark Rose Festival in its 22nd year. The Festival is the biggest of it's kind in the Southern Hemisphere and a major asset to the Region. It brings spectators not only from within South Australia but also interstate and international.
The event has lots to offer and has a wide range of activities to suit all tastes.  For more information or to download a copy of the brochure please click here

Council supported a new initiative for the Rose Festival in 2015 'the Rose Festival King / Queen'. A Council staff member (Stephanie Coughlin) was supported to enter the competition to demonstrate Councils commitment and to raise funds for a worthy local charity. All funds raised went to the Carol Bristow Wig Library. Stephanie was crowned the inaugural Rose Queen at a formal function held on Saturday 24 October on the Riverfront.
Council have agreed to continue their support of the initiative with Stephanie assisting the 2016 Rose Ambassador challenge as a mentor for items such as public speaking, event management and Public Relations. This year the ambassadors are promoting events which the Rose Festival Committee has organised and their objective is to promote these as much as possible and bring people to events such as; Cocktails on the Balcony, Golf Day taking place on Sunday 9 October and the Gala Dinner taking place on Saturday 22 October. For more information on these events please visit the Rose Ambassador Facebook page.
Coming Up Roses!
The whole community have been invited to submit their piece of art (in any form) or photography using the theme ‘roses’ in celebration of the Renmark Rose Festival. The pieces will be on display at the Renmark Paringa Council Community & Civic Centre throughout October. 

You can come in and view the display Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm during October. There will be a people’s choice award for art and photography in both Under and Over 18 categories which you can vote for when you come and view the display. Come and see the local work and talent we have in our region!
School Holiday Program
If you are looking for something to do these October school holidays, download a copy of our School Holiday Program at Council’s website
There is a wide range of activities on offer to keep children entertained these October holidays including a jumping castle at the Library, getting creative with nature and mug decorating at Chaffey Community Centre.
Renmark Paringa Council will celebrate Every Generation Festival this October, from the 15-28.  Now in its 49th year, the Every Generation Festival is one of Australia's longest running annual community festivals for people over 55. Most events held during this festival are created by & for older people. A calendar of events for the festival has been put together that includes events and activities run by Council and Community Groups.  These include:
  • Mayor’s Morning Tea for Seniors of the Renmark Paringa district at the Renmark Hotel Function Room, Thursday 20 October
  • Moving Right Along Information Sessions presented by COTA SA, free to attend and will provide information about older drivers, safer vehicles, fitness to drive and assessments, travel options and retiring from driving and motorised mobility scooters. To be held at the Civic Centre on Tuesday 18 October.
  • Renmark Paringa Public Library – introduction to iPads/tablets and iPhones/Smartphones, Thursday 20 & 27 October
  • Chaffey Community Centre “Eat Well to Age Well” Come along and learn about healthy eating as one ages, Thursday 27 October
Download a copy of the Calendar and event flyers from Councils website
100 Years of Local Government in Paringa 1916-2016
November sees the centenary of Local Government in Paringa, and Council are holding a community event to celebrate!  Come along to the Renmark Paringa Community Museum (near the Paringa Bridge) on Sunday 20 November from 12noon – 4pm.
There will be entertainment provided by Mick Kelly, a free BBQ lunch supplied, free face painting and kids treasure hunt, photographic display, history talks with local historian Heather Everingham, an Official Opening and Cutting of the Centenary Cake as well as the chance for the community to wander around the museum to see the wonderful collections there.

We are asking for a gold coin donation that will be given to the Renmark Paringa Community Museum to assist them with further upkeep and new displays being created.  Keep an eye out for the flyer that will be promoted soon.
Renmark Paringa Council’s next FREE Childhood Immunisation Clinic will be on Wednesday 19 October 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.
Citizenship Ceremony
On Friday September 2, we welcomed nine new Australians into our community! Although some have been in our community for quite a while already, it is a special moment to be naturalized as an Australian Citizen. Well done to everyone and may we wish you many happy years in Australia for you and your families.

Update from Club and Volunteer Development Officer!

Renmark Paringa Council's Club and Volunteer Development Program provides support and direction to local Community Groups, Clubs and Associations to assist them to be well managed, more sustainable and better able to meet their legislative requirements. This is achieved through the promotion of suitable resources/tools, the provision of training sessions and workshops and by linking clubs with relevant agencies/service providers.
Latest news:
Club and Volunteer Development is seeking Expressions of Interest from Community Groups including; Service Groups, Church Groups, Sporting Clubs/Associations, Environmental Groups and other Not-For-Profit Organisations in the Renmark Paringa District for up to 2 of their members to attend 'Provide First Aid (a full day course)' at the subsidised rate of $60 per participant (a saving's of $120 per participant).  Demand for theses courses is expected to be high, so start working with your committee and members now to formulate how your organisation would benefit from this training. For more information please go to
Follow the links to Survey monkey to complete the application or drop into any of the Renmark Paringa Council offices to pick up a copy. Applications must be supported by our Community group and must be received by 5pm 7 October.

What does a successful Community group or club look like???
Does your community groups have a clear vision going forward? Is financially stable? Provides a safe environment for all and has a strong membership base using a pool of volunteers to share the workload?
The STARCLUB Development Program aims to guide your community group or club along this path of success.
Visit or contact Club and Volunteer Development officer Karlie Rice on 0455 532 966 and get started on this program today!
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Update from the Chaffey Community Centre!
The Chaffey Community Centre serves as a home base for locals and community groups to meet. There are activities, classes for alternative learning options and events, reflecting local interests and needs and offers a range of services. For more information go to the Chaffey Community Centre page on our website where you can learn more about the Centre and download the latest calendar. Below are some courses that are coming up in October!

Update from the Renmark Paringa Public Library
Upcoming Events
School Holiday Flyer for Nature Play at Renmark Paringa Library
IT lessons for Every Generation Month at Renmark Paringa Library

Renmark Paringa Public Library is committed to creating programs and activities which all members of the Community can enjoy.
During the month of October the Library have activities to keep the kids entertained during school holidays which centers around 'Nature Play'.
Nature play is a concept to encourage children to spend more time playing outdoors using their imaginations in a natural setting. It inspires open-ended possibilities for self designed play, creativity, learning and socialising. In the past, playing outside in nature was a part of everyday, normal childhood experience.

The Library also has classes to help you understand the basics of iPad's, iPhone's, tablets and other smart devices. Smart technology is intuitive and these classes help you to understand how this technology works. These introductory classes will be followed by a series of specific training classes at the Chaffey Community Centre. 

South Wast Gateway into Renmark 
Twenty Third Street Distillery, Renmark opened its doors to the public on Friday September 23 at 11.23am and as described by Bickford’s Group Managing Director Angelo Kotses this is “a great day for South Australia"! It was a wonderful opportunity for those who have been involved with the Distillery to see it finally open its doors. Renmark Paringa Council has worked closely with Bickfords in assisting with the development and will continue to support it for many years to come.

The Renmark South West Gateway project, which was identified though Council's Annual Business Plan for 2016/17 to compliment the opeing of the Distillery, is near completion. Due to the high amount of rainfall which we have received over the last few weeks it has delayed the completion time slightly. 

Work commenced in July 2016 in anticipation for the opening of Twenty Third Street Distillery on September 23. The work consisted of landscaping the area immediately outside the Distillery with new flowers, trees, kerbing and wall which will act as a drop off point for tour groups visiting the Distillery. Stormwater upgrades were also made to ensure that the road does not flood during periods of high rain. The rose beds which were planted 18 months ago have been relocated to the area outside the Renmark Square Plaza.

Council is very proud to have the Distillery which called the infamous 'Black Bottle Brandy' home and looks forward to future developments of the sites and welcoming the visitors which it attracts to the area. To view more pictures to the launch you can view them on our Facebook page by clicking here.
Bushfire Ready
The Renmark Paringa Community is invited to attend a 'Bushfire Ready' meeting at the Renmark Hotel on Wednesday October 5 at 7pm.

Due to the high amount of rainfall in the last few months,we have all seen our gardens flourish but with that comes high grass and increases the risk of fires during 'Fire Danger Season'. Schedule 12 of the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005, states that within 20 meters of any building and perimeter, reduce all grass and undergrowth to a maximum height of 100mm and/or have 100mm grass height over the entire property.  This is to ensure safety to property residents and neighbouring sites.

For more information on the Act, details can be found on our website
New Environmental Officer - Naomi Prunckun
Hi everyone, I would like to introduce myself as the new Environmental Officer for Renmark to the Boarder Local Action Plan with Renmark Paringa Council. I am from originally from Adelaide. I studied Bachelor of Environmental Managemen tat Flinders Universitywhile working as Duty Manager at a city hotel.
Once I graduated I worked with the Green Army project as a field participant along the River Torrens and for a local Adelaide Waste Management company as their Service Coordinator and Environmental Advisor focusing on reduction of waste at events. Mostly recently I have been living in Katherine, Northern Territory. I worked for the Northern Territory Government as a Rangelands Monitoring Officer inspecting pastoral leasing and mapping. I am very excited to be back in my home state of South Australia and to be in another beautiful part of our country.
I look forward to working with Renmark Paringa community groups on environmental issues.

Naomi Prunckun,
Environmental Officer

Get to know Nuclear - State-wide engagement program

In one of the largest community consultation programs ever undertaken in the state, over 100 sites across more than 60 South Australian towns are currently being visited during an extensive three-month state-wide nuclear engagement program.

The visits are designed as informal “face to face sessions”, where you can drop in at any time between 11am and 7pm to talk to the team, learn more about the Royal Commission’s Report and its recommendations, and discuss the issues raised by the Citizens’ Jury.

Feedback gathered through the consultation process will play a key role in informing the State Government’s response to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Report which will be delivered by the end of the year.

Renmark's session has been scheduled for Thursday 13 October at the Renmark Club between 11am-7pm.

We're Hiring!
Did you know that Regional Development Australia for the Murraylands and Riverland develop a monthly newsletter? This newsletter informs the community on economic development in the Region and potential opportunities.

RDA Murraylands and Riverland Inc (RDA M&R) was formed in February 2010 as an amalgamation of the former Murraylands Regional Development Board (MRDB) and Riverland Development Corporation (RDC). The role of the RDA M&R committee is to:
•    Consult and engage with the Murraylands & Riverland communities
•    Promote and participate in regional programs and initiatives
•    Provide information and advice on our region to all levels of government; and
•    Support informed regional planning.

Their aim is “To facilitate business development and business education, tourism development, economic development and involvement in labour market programs."

To view their most recent newsletter and to sign up to receive future emails please click here.
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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