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Crime Prevention and Community Safety

Did you know that Renmark Paringa Council meet with Berri Barmera Council, Loxton Waikerie Council and SAPOL on a regular basis to address Crime Prevention and Community Safety.
Some of the items we have been discussing are:

Light audit: SAPOL and SA Power Networks are in the process of conducting light audits for the Riverland communities. This information will be filtered through the neighbourhood watch committees and the information will be used to provide Council with feedback as to where additional or increased lighting is needed.
Knowing the Facts about ICE Forum: As a Region, we came together to provide the Community Forum 'Knowing the Facts about ICE' which was held on 21 July 2015 at the Chaffey Theatre. This event was attended by nearly 800 people, over 500 people streamed it online and the ABC text line received over 150 texts.
Going forward, the working group 'Project ICE Riverland' will be meeting with Senator Fiona Nash, Senator David Fawcett and Tony Pasin MP in the Riverland on Thursday 3 September to discuss the recommendations of the National ICE Taskforce Interim Report. An update from this meeting will follow.
Homelessness: Homelessness is at an all time high and Councils are ensuring that the appropriate agencies are being promoted. Life without Barriers is the key agency in the Riverland to assist the community.
Vandalism and Graffiti: Each Council district noted a decrease in their towns. This has been welcomed not only by the community but also SAPOL.

Dry Zone Signage: Renmark Paringa Council have recently erected improved dry zone signage in our three zoned areas - Renmark Riverfront, Darnley Taylor Park and Paringa Median Strip. The dry zones operate 7 days per week from 7.00pm each night to 7.00am the following day. These hours have been chosen to allow locals and visitor to enjoy a beer or glass of wine with their lunch or dinner but have controls in place for after dark.
Council aims to enhance public safety and create a more family-friendly environment for people enjoying our fantastic parks and gardens.  Appropriate signage gives SAPOL the ability to move people on who consume alcohol in these zones and help reduce the incidence of public drinking.
SAPOL Community officers have been pro-actively visiting all establishments which provide “takeaway” alcohol to remind them of the dry areas for each town.
A Dry Zone Information Brochure, with maps, has been developed as is available on Council’s website.
Events Calendar: Council is advising SAPOL when events that will brining in additional people are occurring, this allows for better policing and a safer event for all. Please see article in 'Robust Economy' for more detail.
SAPOL training courses: SAPOL offer a variety of training to businesses and the community in crime prevention and security such as:
  • Business security
  • Drugs awareness
  • Internet security
  • Identity Crime
These courses are free and available for any group or business. A full list of what is on offer can be found on the SAPOL website. These can be booked through Berri Police station on 8595 2020.
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What are our Young People Telling us? - Community Forum

The Renmark Partnership of Schools; Renmark Primary, Renmark North Primary, Renmark West Primary, Renmark High School and Renmark Children’s Centre, want to build the resilience of our children and young people and our community into the future. 200 students from across the DECD partnership have taken part in the Resilience survey and have invited Andrew Fuller, a clinical psychologist and author of multiple books, to facilitate a community forum to hear what our young people are saying by sharing this data and to better understand the benefits of resilience.
The community forum aims to open the discussion on how we can come together as a community to build resilience in our youth.

Who is Andrew Fuller:
Andrew Fuller is a Director of Resilient Youth Australia, who works with many schools and communities in Australia and internationally, specialising in the well being of young people and their families.

Do we want our young people to be passengers or participants? The results of our 2013 surveys provide a compelling picture of the strengths of young Australians, but also point to areas where we need to lift our game. We have a group of bright, capable and ingenious young Australians who are well connected in their schools and families. What we fail to do is to call upon their strengths in a meaningful way to give them the sense that they can be co-creators in Australia's future." Andrew Fuller, Director, Resilient Youth Australia.

Andrew has been a principal consultant to the national drug prevention strategy REDI, the ABC on children’s television shows, is an Ambassador for Mind Matters and is a member of the National Coalition Against Bullying. Andrew has recently been described as an ”interesting mixture of Billy Connolly, Tim Winton and Frasier Crane” and as someone who “puts the heart back into psychology”.

To register or for more information, please click here.

Upcoming events at the Chaffey Community Centre
Community Learning and Tutor Training:
Do you have skills and/or knowledge which you would like to share with others but have no idea how to structure a lesson or lack a little bit of confidence? If so Community Centres SA will be delivering this fantastic and FREE program. If you participate in this workshop you will learn the following:
  • Understanding the needs of learners
  • Adult learning principles
  • Learning styles
  • How to structure training
  • Organise material into lesson plans
  • Mapping learner’s progress
  • How to work with a group of learners who are all at different levels and keeping them engaged. 
This one day course will be delivered at the Chaffey Community Centre on Tuesday 15 September between 9.00am  – 3.00pm and is open to interested people who are willing to share their knowledge or skills at a community level.

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 CCC starting on Thursday 24 September 2015

Crafts at the Chaffey Community Centre:
The 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 visit our website or call the CCC on 8586 5745.
Book Week at the Renmark Paringa Council Library!
If you visit Renmark Library this week you might be forgiven for thinking that Christmas has come early. In fact it is decorated to celebrate Children’s Book Week, the longest running national children’s festival in Australia. This year the theme for the week is ‘Books Light Up Our World’ and we have gone for a firework theme. Over the next week the library will present workshops to classes from schools in our district to help promote the importance of reading and the enjoyment to be had from it for children of all ages.
Zinio FREE Digital Magazines from the Library
We now have available from the Library a fantastic new online resource offering FREE digital magazines. There are over 400 full colour popular magazines to choose from!

Download the latest magazine as soon as it is released! No need to place holds and there is no limit to the number of magazines you can borrow. Keep the magazine as long as you want and even receive email notifications when the next issue is out.
To access Zinio Digital Magazine for Libraries visit the library website at You will need a library card and PIN number. Please contact us on 8586 5544 to sign up or for further information.
Regional Guide for Seniors
The Regional Seniors guide is now available on our website and at the following Council locations:
  • Community and Civic Centre
  • Chaffey Community Centre
  • Renmark Paringa Public Library
  • Visitor Information Centre
We hope that this guide is a useful tool for locals and visitors alike. All information will be uploaded to the SA Community website which is Council's number one directory for everything SA!
More Healthy Activities in the District!

Live Better Physiotherapy are excited to finally be bringing Pilates classes to their Renmark Clinic!!
Classes will start the week commencing Monday 21 September and will run Mondays at 6.15pm (evening) and Wednesdays at 6.15am (morning) subject to them getting enough numbers for the classes to start.
If you would like more information, please go to their Facebook page or call on 8588 1053.
The cost will be $150 for ten classes or $250 for twenty classes.

Promoting Events in the Riverland
The Event Management System, developed by Destination Riverland in association with Riverland Visitor Information Centres is now live on all Riverland Tourism websites.  
All Riverland Visitor Centre’s can log onto the same system and enter upcoming events to be held within their area. Events are entered into one of 10 categories depending on the event size, type of activity and the targeted audience/attendance. Each Visitor Information Centre can then select the categories that appear on their own website.
The events that have been entered can instantly be viewed and printed from all Riverland Tourism websites. A search tool enables users to select the towns, categories and time frame that best suits their needs. Renmark Paringa’s tourism website.

Promote Your Event! If you have or know of an upcoming event please forward the details to Event pictures, posters and flyers are all welcome!
Renmark Paringa event posters will be uploaded to the digital display screen located inside the Visitor Information Centre and tourism related event posters will be shared on our Facebook page.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the Event Management System please do not hesitate to contact the friendly team at the Renmark Paringa Visitor Information Centre 1300 661 704.
Sharing Regional Stories
Do you have any stories about exciting tourism experiences and one of a kind characters you can only find in the Riverland Murray River Lakes & Coorong?
The South Australian Tourism Commission and Fairfax Media are working together on a new content partnership to put South Australia in the spotlight.
Together they are seeking a variety of experiences and characters that you can only find in South Australia.

To contribute a story the process is simple; just follow this link and fill in the one page form:
We can’t wait to help share your exciting tourism tales.
Rivafest - Save the Date!
Saturday 5th March 2016 – SAVE THE DATE!
Spectacular location on the beautiful Renmark Riverfront.
Featuring local food, wine and brews, live entertainment and much much more!  
Watch this space for EXCITING updates!
Renmark Rose Festival 2015
The Renmark Rose Festival is fast approaching and the guide is now available! You can pick up a hard copy from the Renmark Paringa Visitor Information Centre or go online
The guide is broken up into various sections online which allows you to download specifically what you are interested in.
The festival and the guide takes a lot of hard work and without the effort from many volunteers in the community it would not be possible. Well done to everyone involved and here's to the most successful Rose Festival yet!
Upgrade of Rose Beds in the District

Council are currently replacing the rose beds outside the Black Bottle Distillery in Renmark (old Renmano building) as part of the contract for the maintenance of rose beds in the district; new roses will be planted in the coming weeks.

As part of the maintenance of rose beds in the district, Council replaces a number of roses each year to ensure abundant flower growth.
If you would like more details please contact Council on 8580 3000 and ask to speak to Geoff, our Manager of Infrastructure.
Upgrades to the Renmark Health and Fitness Centre
Council is preparing to start work on upgrades to the Renmark Health and Fitness Centre. The community have expressed a desire to have air conditioning installed in the indoor basketball court. Council has investigated this request and hope to have the air conditioning unit installed by summer.
Council would also like to apologise to the participants of the 15A Netball game which was scheduled for Saturday 1 August. Due to the very heavy rain that day, the roof leaked and as such the game had to be postponed. Council has investigated this matter and has actioned it to be repaired by the end of September.
Council will provide an update in spring.
Community Information Session with the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission
The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission is returning to the Riverland to conduct further community information sessions.

The first of these sessions will be in the Galaxy Room at the Renmark Hotel, and everyone is welcome to attend and learn more about the Royal Commission, its process and how to get involved.

This meeting will provide an important update on proceedings and detail the next phase of the commission, which is investigating the risks and opportunities of the nuclear fuel cycle in South Australia.
Further regional meetings are planned for September and October. More details can be found at

The meeting will take place on Thursday 10 September 2015, 6pm - 7pmGalaxy room, Renmark Hotel, Murray Avenue
Rising Weir Levels in Spring - Update from the Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resouces
Historically weir pool levels have been kept at a reasonably constant height, but as part of a trial to restore a more natural wetting and drying cycle, water levels will be varied in two River Murray weir pools this spring as part of an ongoing program to return the river environment to health.
The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, in partnership with SA Water, is planning to raise water levels in Locks 2 and 5 weir pools, affecting a 127 kilometre stretch along the river. This is expected to take place over the spring months of October and November 2015. Once dates are confirmed we will notify the community.
Raising the water level in Lock 5 will push water into floodplain areas that haven’t been inundated since 2012.

We observed positive ecological responses in years 2000 and 2005 when the water level was raised, and we expect to achieve similar results from raising the water level this year.
Water levels will be raised gradually to a maximum of 50cm above the normal pool level and this is not expected to significantly impact irrigators, farmers or property owners.
Manipulating weir pool water levels reinstates natural water level variability and is part of an ongoing effort to reduce the impact of river regulation.
Weir pool manipulation will become an ongoing feature of annual River Murray operations in an effort to improve the health of river ecosystems and more effectively deliver environmental water.
Interested community members who would like to assist in project monitoring should visit:
The weir pool manipulation project has been planned within DEWNR as part of the Riverine Recovery Project, which is funded by the Australian and South Australian governments.
The proposed 2015 weir pool raising event is a collaboration between the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, DEWNR, SA Water and Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin.

Environmental Issues
As we are seeking to fill the Environmental Officer position at the moment, all queries regadring the Environment and in particular the 'Renmark to the Border Local Action Planning Group' can be made to 'Paul Day', Director of Infrastructure & Environmental Services on  8580 3000.
Thank you.
2015/16 Community Development Grant recipients announced
Council recently completed their assessments of the 2015/16 Community Development Grant applications and would like to congratulate the following community groups for securing funding ;

Community Group and Project Grant amount
Renmark Horse & Pony Club
Show Jump Equipment Upgrade to bring it up to a standard that both complies with Australian Standards (improved safety for riders, horses and volunteers) and enables increased usability at a club level.

Renmark Evening Star Quilters
International Quilting Day, Renmark, March 2016.  Assistance with costs associated including venue hire and guest speaker.

Renmark Scout Group
Purchase and installation of Split System Air-conditioning, to be installed at the Renmark Scout Hall.  This will assist with both cooling and heating to make the hall more resourceful throughout the year.

Olivewood Estate Sheds Electrical Upgrade – bringing the wiring and lighting of the workshop up to current safety standards and to connect power to the Pioneer Shed.

Renmark Patchwork & Quilters Group
Project Mary Potter.  Purchase of quilting supplies to make 50 quilts for residents of the Mary Potter Hospice (Adelaide).

Riverland Woodworkers
Large Machinery Shed Wiring.  Funding was received for a large machinery shed in 2014 and they now require assistance in completing the project with the installation of wiring for the machinery installed in it.

Rotary Club of Renmark Inc
Rotary River Rendezvous.  A welcome to Renmark event for the expected 500 delegates and partners attending the Rotary District 9520’s Annual Conference being held in Renmark from April 28-May 1, 2016.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church Paringa – ‘Mates at the Cross’
Mates at the Cross Metalwork Workshop.  Erection of shed, purchase of metal working tools and equipment for the use by members of this community outreach program.

Renmark Hockey Club
To support the purchase of sticks, balls, bibs, cones and a storage bag to help develop the skills of children aged 5 – 10 years old as part of the Hook in 2 Hockey program.

Renmark Rowing Club Inc.
To support the running of the Bi-Annual Renmark Rowing Regatta 2015. Funds to assist with event expenses.

Renmark Paramedics
Purchase of a portable defibrillator and cabinet to be housed at the Community and Civic Centre and associated staff training. The unit will assist in the prompt response to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCU).
Total $25,305
The Community Development Grants program has been very popular in 2015/16 and it is pleasing to see the diverse range of groups applying with a great variety of projects.
Council would like to wish all these groups the best of luck with their projects and look forward to hearing the fantastic community outcomes they will deliver.

1st Quarter Rates Due 1 September
Friendly reminder that first quarter rates are due to be paid Tuesday 1 September 2015. The various methods of payment can be found on our website.
Citizenship Ceremonies
Did you know that Renmark Paringa Council and all Council's for that matter hold Australian Citizenship Ceremonies for new Australians?

The Australian Citizenship Ceremony is a formal occasion, a simple and dignified ceremony which candidates are invited to attend along with friends and family.

During the ceremony candidates are asked to make a Pledge of Commitment in English in order to receive their Certificate of Australian Citizenship.

His Worship the Mayor, Neil Martinson conducts the ceremony.

On Friday 21 August 2015 we held a ceremony and welcomed seven new citizens into our community - G'day mates!

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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