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The Knowing the facts about ICE Information Forum

Renmark Paringa Council proudly collaborated with Riverland Regional Health Service, South Australia Police, Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia and ABC Riverland to bring the Riverland community the ‘knowing the facts about ICE’ FREE community information forum which was held at the Chaffey Theatre on Tuesday 21 July.

The purpose of the forum was to educate the community on the drug ICE as it has been extremely prevalent in the media over the last 12 months. It was also noted that there has been an increased demand on services not only in our region but nationally. The goal of the forum was for the community to band together and to put their questions to a panel of experts and for the politicians in attendance Tony Pasin - Member for Barker, Senator Anne Ruston, Tim Whetstone - Member for Chaffey and Senator Anne McEwen to hear the needs and opinions of the community.

The panel was chosen to give an overview of the drug ICE and to answer questions from the audience that related to their field. We would like to thank the following people who represented their agencies on the night for either presenting or/and being on the panel:
  • SAPOL Detective Chief Inspector - Tony Crameri
  • SAPOL Detective Brevet Sergeant - David Fahy
  • SAPOL Officer in Charge of the Murray Mallee Local Service Area Superintendent - James Blandford
  • Psychiatrist - Dr Sarath Attanayake
  • Berri Medical Clinic - Dr George Dalamagas
  • Domestic Violence Unit - Ele Wilde
The forum was attended by over 700 community members, over 500 people listened to the forum which was streamed live from the ABC Riverland website and over 150 text messages with questions for the panel was received.
The forum attracted a great deal of attention not only from Riverland Media but also National.
It has also sparked a great conversation in the community and now the next step lies with the politicians who were in attendance that night. If you would like to know what your local politician is doing for our community we urge you to contact them directly.

One of the SAPOL panel members ‘Superintendent - James Blandford’ very clearly stated that this issue cannot be solved by SAPOL but only by a whole of community approach. Going forward the collaborators better known as "Project ICE Riverland (PIR) hopes that our Region creates a framework which supports this statement and aims to promote cross agency collaboration which would be more responsive to the needs of the community.

PIR hope to detail the project into a comprehensive report which will include data taken from Service Providers and attendees of the forum to gain a better understanding of what impact ICE is having on the Riverland community. PIR also hope that this report and the recorded footage once edited will be a valuable resource for other communities to learn from what achieved in the Riverland and can assist them in organising a similar forum.
Celebrating SALA at the Chaffey Community Centre

South Australian Living Artist Festival (SALA) is the home of South Australia's Visual Arts and August is visual art month in South Australia!
Since its inception in 1998 the annual SALA Festival has celebrated and promoted the diverse talents of South Australian Living Artists.

SALA is an innovative open access visual arts festival presenting thousands of artists through unique collaborations and exhibitions in hundreds of exhibition spaces throughout metropolitan and regional South Australia.

Artist in Residency at the Chaffey Community Centre (CCC)
  • Sarah Strachan – Artist in Residence
  • Exploring the relationship between arts and community development
  • Interviewing  locals & visitors to the CCC
  • To create a exhibition and poetry in response to her findings
  • Every Tuesday for the month of August
If you would like more information, please contact the CCC on 8586 5745.
Up coming events at the Chaffey Community Centre
Computer Classes
  • 3 classes of different levels – 'Computing an Introduction and Basics', 'Get Creative with Word' and 'Basic Computing the Next Level'
  • Commencing week beginning - Tuesday 11 August  
  • Bookings and registrations open
  • Relaxed fun environment
The Happiness Project
  • Four week journey discovering and developing your sense of happiness
  • Facilitated by a qualified teacher and life coach Rebecca Ireland
  • Life changing
  • Discovering gratitude
  • Starting Monday 10 August
Crafts at the Chaffey Community Centre (CCC)
  • Want to learn new skills
  • Bring along your crafts
  • Every Friday at 10am
For more details on these activities please visit our website or call the CCC on 8586 5745.
School Holiday fun at the Renmark Paringa Council Library!
The Renmark Paringa Library had an action packed and successful school holidays!
Carnival School holiday fun attracted 252 children to attend the free events offered at the Renmark Paringa Public Library. 

Carnival events included a jumping castle, face painting and entertainment by Kiwi the Clown. Children also participated in craft activities including making carnival glasses, circus mobiles, clowns and merry-go-round ponies. The Apex club were also involved in the events and came along to donate free twirled fairy floss to the children attending.
Look out for more fun upcoming activities at the Library in the newsletter or on Facebook!
Riverland Triathlon Club is turning 1 year old! 
The Riverland Triathlon Club AGM is on Sunday 2 August at the Renmark Club with a run first at 2pm, everyone is welcome.
Ruth Strout who is part of the executive committee has said that the next year will be exciting for triathlon in the Riverland. If you would like more information please contact Ruth Strout on 0427752815
Regional Guide for Seniors
Renmark Paringa Council have been working over the last number of months on developing the Regional Information Guide for Seniors with it now being complete. 
It has been aligned with the SA Community website, using the subject headings that they use.  We are encourage community members and community groups to utilise the SA Community website as a database of contact information and would like them to become more familiar with it. 

All of the updated information contained in the Guide will be uploaded onto the SA Community website in the near future.
Copies are available at all Council locations – Civic Centre, Chaffey Community Centre, Renmark Paringa Public Library and Renmark Visitor Information Centre, as well as being available to download on Council’s website.  We are very pleased with the outcome and hope that it will be a very useful tool to the seniors of our region.
Sci World Sunday - 23 August!
SciWorld (the State’s premier science outreach organization) will be holding a FREE community event in celebration of National Science Week. 

‘SciWorld Sunday’ will be held at the McCormick Centre for the Environment on Sunday 23 August from 10am-3pm.  This hands-on science expo will include spectacular science shows, native animals, robotics workshops, electric circuit activities, bugs n slugs, wetland walks, 3D printers and a range of interactive exhibits designed to delight and amaze!  Plus in a neighbouring venue, engage in hands-on activities of a different kind with the Riverland Woodworkers and Evening Star Quilters. Catering will be available to purchase and there will be a FREE bus running from Renmark, Paringa and Lyrup to assist with transport needs (bookings required).
For more information and to download the flyer please click here.
At the July meeting of Council it considered and endorsed a copy of Destination Riverland’s draft Riverland Tourism Plan 2020.
The Riverland Tourism Plan 2020 aims to support the Riverland tourism economy to achieve potential expenditure of $216m per annum by 2020 from its current level of $142m.
This Riverland Tourism Plan 2020 aligns with the South Australian Tourism Plan 2020 and focuses on 5 key priority areas:
1. Driving Demand
2. Creating a collaborative culture
3. Supporting Riverland businesses
4. Increasing awareness of the value of tourism, and
5. Using events to drive visitation.

The plan is due to be launched by State Minister for Tourism, Leon Bignell, on 6 August 2015. Once the plan has been launched
we will share it will all the community and encourage you take an interest in the progress of the plan over the next 5 year period.

Renmark Rose Festival 2015
Renmark Paringa Council are proud to be a part of the Renmark Rose Festival by having our own Community Services Officer Stephanie Coughlin acting as one of the Rose Queens for the festival.

The role of Rose Queen is to represent their own organisation whilst promoting the Festival to the wider community and raising money for a chosen charity.
Council will promote the Rose Festival at many Council events and activities and will raise money for the charity 'Caroline Bristow Wig Library'. Upcoming fundraising events will be promoted through our newsletter and on our Facebook page.

If you would like to know more about what all the Rose Queens are planning please go to the Renmark Rose Festival Queen or King Facebook page.
We're Hiring!
Renmark Paringa Council are seeking an Environmental Officer to join the Infrastructure and Environmental Services Team
For more details and/or to view a position description please go to our website.
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.
Changes to Council Rates Concessions
Annual Business Plan 2015/16
Renmark Paringa Council's Annual Business Plan (ABP) and Budget for 2015/16 has been adopted. We would like to thank the 21 community members who gave their feedback to Council on the budge; your feedback was greatly appreciated.
The ABP and also a brief summary on the ABP can also be viewed and downloaded on our website. Please click here to go to the page. 
Significant Projects for the 15/16 year include:
  • Jane Eliza Development
  • Stormwater Upgrades
  • Investigate Murray Avenue Traffic Management
  • Resealing program
  • 3IP WWTP and Irrigation Upgrades
  • Renmark Recreation Centre Upgrades
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.
Lost or Found a Dog?
Did you know that if you have lost or found a dog that you should contact Renmark Paringa Council in the first instance?

Detailed information including a photograph, breed, age, date, location of pick up or location of disappearance assists us in locating your dog. All information is made available to phone enquiries and also located on our Notice Board in the Office. For further information relating to impounded dogs please call us on 8580 3000 or if you have an enquiry outside of office hours please contact Councils General Inspector, Peter Burr on 0438 866 564. If you would like more information please visit our website.

Also please be aware that all dogs over the age of three months must be registered.
All dog registrations for 2014/15 expired on 30 June 2015, if you have recently moved make sure you update your address details with Council to ensure you receive your renewal notice.

Registration of dogs for 2015/2016 began on 1 July 2015. Registrations must be renewed by 31 August 2015 in order to avoid a late fee.
Application forms are available from the Council Office or via the Renmark Paringa Council website.

For more information on being a responsible dog owner go to:
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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