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Volunteer Hub to be launched at the Chaffey Community Centre
Renmark Paringa Council will officially launch the Chaffey Community Centre as its Volunteer Hub at a ceremony on October 7. The Chaffey Community Centre will become the first port of call for anyone interested in volunteering for Council at either the Renmark Paringa Visitor Information Centre, the Renmark Paringa Library or the Chaffey Community Centre.
The move to a central volunteer management system will help streamline the application process and give volunteers more freedom to move between Council sites / programs as well as being able to offer some new and exciting volunteering opportunities.
Renmark Paringa Council recognises the fantastic work that all the volunteers contribute to the Council and to the community and acknowledges that volunteer support is vital for Council to be able to deliver some of its services. The implementation of the Volunteer Hub will improve the experience of volunteering for Council and ultimately lead to better health and wellbeing within our community.
The community are invited to the launch of the Renmark Paringa Volunteer Hub, details below: 

Where: Chaffey Community Centre, 86 Nineteenth Street, Renmark
When: Wednesday 7 October 2015
Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Enquiries: phone 8586 5745
RSVP by Friday 2 October
School Holidays Program
A calendar packed full of fun activities and events during the September/October School Holidays is now available to download on Council’s website.
Be a Tourist in your own Town - Pick up your “Be a Tourist in your own Town” Kit for $5 each from the Renmark Paringa Community and Civic Centre or Visitor Information Centre during the holidays and complete either or both of the 2 challenges: 100 point challenge and/or Renmark Riverfront Orienteering. Get out and about seeing lots of cool and interesting things around our district, return your answer sheets by 5pm Monday 12 October to the Civic Centre for your chance to win a great prize!
Renmark Rose Festival 2015
The Renmark Rose Festival is now in its 21st year! As such the Rose Festival Committee have explored different avenues to engage with various demographics of the community. Five women under 30 years old from various organisations in the district have been selected to act as ambassadors to the festival. Their role is to raise the profile of the Festival and to hold events which are Rose Festival themed to fundraise for their chosen charity.

Renmark Paringa Council's Rose Festival Ambassador is Community Services Officer 'Stephanie Coughlin'. Stephanie, along with fellow Council staff and community members have organised events for the community, which can be seen below.
  • Rose Queen Tea Party Wednesday October 7 2015
  • Rose Festival Disco for Primary School Children Friday 23 October 2015
    • Please click here for more details on these events
Council will be donating all proceeds to the Carol Bristow Wig Library.

Council have also promoted the festival outside of the Region. Local Government Australia is celebrating 175 years this year and Council has submitted the Rose Festival 2015 brochure front cover to represent what makes our Region unique. The 5 meter flags (image to the left) will be displayed in Adelaide CBD between 18 October to 1 November.

The Renmark Rose Festival guide is now available. You pick up a hard copy from the Renmark Paringa Visitor Information Centre or online.

Celebrating Every Generation Festival 2015
Every Generation Festival is a fortnight long celebration held from 1-16 October for people aged 55 and over in our community. A calendar has been compiled with a huge variety of activities and events to participate in during the festival.  Check out the calendar along with flyers and information about sessions you can book into at Councils website.
The calendar of events will also be available in the Friday 25 September edition of the Murray Pioneer.

Mayor and Elected Members Morning Tea for Seniors of the district
In celebration of Every Generation Festival and the International Day of Older Persons, seniors of the district are invited to join Mayor Martinson and Elected Members for Morning Tea at the Renmark Club on Thursday 1 October from 10-11am.  Mayor Martinson and Elected Members will be on hand to serve tea, coffee and morning tea, and have a chat with you.  For catering purposes, please RSVP to Council on 8580 3000.  You can download the flyer at Councils website.
Tai Chi Advanced
Following on from the two successful Tai Chi for Beginners, Tai Chi Advanced is scheduled to commence on Friday October 16 at the Renmark Senior Citizens Club at 9.30am and will run for 8 consecutive weeks. Registration is essential and to be completed at the Renmark Paringa Civic and Community Centre, 61 Eighteenth Street by Wednesday 14 October.
Please note that participants must register for the full 8 weeks and that places are limited. For more information please contact Community Services Officer 'Stephanie Coughlin' on 8580 3000 or email. We look forward to seeing you.
Matulick Riverfront Walk Update
Renmark Paringa Councils Health and Well Being program, 'RiverLife - Get into it!' strives to promote and encourage healthy activities for the whole community.
One such activity is walking and many people will remember the 10,000 step challenges that Council have run previously. To help us continue to promote walking and healthy lifestyles for community members and tourist alike, RiverLife looked to the longest running Heart Foundation Walking Group in South Australia for inspiration. Lyn Wilkinson, who has coordinated the Happy Wanderers in Renmark for over eleven years, leads two walks a week (Monday and Thursday) leaving from the Visitor Information Centre (VIC) at 9.30am and walks along the stunning Matulick Riverfront Walk.

This walk is completed by many who visit Renmark and who live in the area. A question that frequently came up during the 10,000 Step challenges was 'how many steps is the Matulick Riverfront walk?' Well, Council has answered that question by measuring the amount of steps, using a pedometer, and has created markers to inform the user of how many steps they have walked.
The walk begins at the VIC and heads downstream towards the house boats, then loops back towards the pumping station and then back to the VIC where it finishes. The walk is approximately 4,800 steps  - which is nearly half of the minimum recommended number of steps per day for an adult).
There will be environmentally friendly markers; which have been made from recycled plastic; every 600 steps to encourage you and tell you how many steps you have walked.
Council will be launching the encouraging signage on Thursday 22 October at 9am at the Visitor Information Centre. There will be morning tea to celebrate not only the walk but also the achievements of Lyn Wilkinson. Lyn has made a notable contribution to the promotion of walking and the Heart Foundation Walking (HFW) organisation in the Riverland and as a result has been awarded the prestigious HFW Golden Shoe Award. The Golden Shoe is awarded to walk organisers who do something extra special, who have gone above and beyond in their role and who have significantly contributed to improve the health and well being of their community.

All existing users and future users of the Matulick Riverfront walking trail are encouraged to attend the ceremony and then to walk the 4,800 steps with the Happy Wanderers. If you would like further information please contact Stephanie Coughlin - Community Services Officer either by phone 8580 3000 or email.

The Riverland Triathlon Club in conjunction with the Renmark Rose Festival are pleased to announce the return of the 'Rose Run' on Sunday 25 October. Featuring either a 5km or 10km run along the riverfront. Registrations will commence on Sunday morning 25 October at 9am, with the run/s starting at 9.30am.  
The run will begin from the shelter shed next to the Visitor Information Centre. The 5km or 10km run (hop, skip or saunter) will be between the Caravan Park and old Tower Tavern. No bikes, scooters or dogs - wheelchairs and walkers welcome! The weather will be divine, (it’s pre-ordered) the scenery spectacular, so come - have fun, get healthier, and raise money at the same time.
Please allow time to fill in the required registration forms on the day, however if you would like to register you can do so from the the club Facebook page. The entry fee is $20.00 per person with part proceeds to the Riverland Domestic Violence Service. 
The Riverland Triathlon Club invite you to join them in this fabulous celebration of all things rosy. So get a team together at your workplace, gather friends and family.
Held in Renmark, nice scenery, nice people – come enjoy and raise money for a great cause. To register and/or keep up to date with all things swimming, cycling and running on their Facebook page.
Upcoming events at the Chaffey Community Centre
Computer Classes at the CCC:
Ipad and Tablet classes:
Do you own an iPad or tablet but are unsure how to use it? If so, a 6 week course on how to use it may be perfect for you. These classes will teach you the essentials for basic navigation on your device, how to navigate your way around the iTunes store and how to download apps.
These classes will commence on Tuesday 27 October for 6 weeks between 10am-12pm with an investment of only $60.00 and participants are required to pay up front to secure a spot on the course.

Email and Internet classes:
Would you like to learn how to surf the internet and how to send and receive emails? If so, this 6 week course commencing on Thursday 29 October between 10am-12pm with an investment of only $60.00 may be exactly what you need. Please note that participants are required to pay up front to secure a spot on the course.

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 today 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.
Lynda Library now at the Renmark Paringa Library
We now have available from the library another amazing online resource...this one offering thousands of free video training courses.
Lynda Library offers training courses in business, design, photography, computing, IT, using the web and so much more.
To access go to the library website at and click on the Lynda Library logo under the online resources button. Log in using your library card number and pin (for those who already have a library card your pin is the last 4 numbers of your barcode).
If you require further instructions please see the Lyndalibrary flyer attached.
It's a fabulous resource. I have been checking out the excel courses and customer service training videos.
If you require a library card please let me know or drop into the library...we would love to see you!
Tintra Tennis!
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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 Paringa and the NBN™ Rollout
The national broadband network (nbn™) is an exciting upgrade to Australia’s existing phone and internet network.  It is being rollout across Australia by nbn, a government business enterprise.  
Whether it be fixed line, fixed wireless or satellite network access, the rollout is being done as quickly as possible, as cost effectively to the taxpayer, to bring fast broadband to every home and business.
From December 2014, nbn released an 18-month forecast construction plan.  Updated quarterly – most recently in July 2015 – this plan is an indicative schedule of where work is already underway or in plan to start.
Renmark and Paringa townships are included in this plan, with construction of the fixed lined network forecast to commence in the second half of 2016. 
Fixed wireless nbn™ services are already available to approx. 1,100 rural homes and businesses in the Renmark/Paringa area outside the township proper.  This service delivers faster than metro speeds.
For coverage information visit
For more information contact your phone or broadband service provider; or nbn via:
Welcome to Jonathan Leske - Renmark to the Border Local Action Planning new Environmental Officer!
Welcome message from Jonathan:
Picking up where Teagan McKillop left off will be a huge challenge as the new Environmental Officer, but one that I’m looking forward to! As a Waikerie boy, it’s nice to once again be involved with the Murray River, and I thank RBLAP and the Renmark Paringa Council for the opportunity.
I’m passionate about sustainable environments, and have a keen interest in renewable energies. I completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science in 2013 at UniSA, which also gave me the opportunity to study abroad in Toronto, Canada where I studied Geographic Analysis. I have volunteered with Conservation Volunteers Australia, being involved with tree planting and weed removal in the Lower Flinders Ranges. I then took a role as an Environmental Scientist for a consulting firm, where I was part of the contaminated lands team.
I am keen to contribute and continue to learn about the natural resources in this unique region.
Don’t hesitate to drop in or give me a call, I’m looking forward to meeting you!
Rising Water Levels to occur this weekend
DEWNR are currently raising the weir pool level at lock 5. This is for environmental watering to areas above the lock and it is expected that the River will rise by 500mm within the Renmark township area.
To ensure safety of boat operators and reduce the chance of damage to boats and Council Infrastructure, Council will monitor water levels. When deemed necessary the River Front between the Princess Wharf and Renmark club will be closed to marine craft. This closure area will be marked with a line of white buoys and it is expected that this closure will be in place by this weekend (25/26 September) with the water peaking at 500 mm mid October. For more info please go to their web page.
Our friends at the Berri Barmera LAP, with the help of Riverland West Landcare, Loxton to Bookpurnong LAP and ourselves have been hard at work organizing  ‘The Innovation Trail’, an event aimed to inspire and empower innovation and maintain sustainability. The Innovation Trail is a week long event starting on Monday 12 October, and finishing on Friday 16 October, with a focus on educating Riverland locals in emerging markets such as agritourism, paddock-to-plate businesses and niche commodities.
The Innovation Trail events are free and open to all, and include farm visits in Waikerie, Loxton, Berri and Renmark, and a long lunch at the Riverland Field Days site.
Make sure to register for any of the events at
For more info contact Leanne Rathbone at, or Jonathon at
Volunteers Needed!
Introducing South Australia’s Ultimate Fire Fighters
This year the CFS is appealing for people to recognise simple things that they can do that may ultimately save the lives of them and their loved ones. The CFS is also appealing to communities to recognise their bushfire risk as a community and help each other. Fighting bushfire is a shared responsibility.
We want everybody to do something rather than nothing and encourage people to recognise that being bushfire prepared is not that hard.
There are some very simple things that all of us can do to help us stay safe this summer:
  1. Get that dirty old lawnmower out and cut the long grass or fire up the whipper snipper and reduce the undergrowth around your property.
  2. Keep a phone charged through summer and know where to get bushfire information.
  3. Have an emergency kit with insurance papers, photos and other valuables ready for leaving.
  4. Clear out your gutters and move flammable materials away from the house.
  5. Discuss with family and neighbours and write down what your bushfire plan will be.
These are just some of the simple actions you can take that may well save your life this summer.
The CFS is here to protect life and property, but sometimes they cannot be everywhere and when the time comes it may just be you and some of these simple activities that could become your Ultimate Fire Fighter.
For more information visit or contact the Bushfire Information Hotline 1300 362 361 (TTY 133 677)
To stay informed on bad fire danger days check the CFS website regularly, listen to local radio, download the CFS  FireApp and/or check CFS Facebook and Twitter. There are basic things that can be done as well like watching your weather locally, being aware of smoke and discussing the conditions with neighbours, family and friends.
Spring Update! Upgrades to the Renmark Health and Fitness Centre
Council has begun work on the upgrades to the Renmark Health and Fitness Centre. Council engaged a contractor to inspect all areas of the Centre roof and carry out repairs where necessary to eliminate roof leaks into the building. Given the complexity of the roof structure and height of the building this work was carried out over 10 days, with the roof repairs competed on the 15th September.

Council have also engaged an air-conditioning contractor to supply and install 1 commercial air conditioner to each of the basketball courts. This installation has been designed to improve player comfort during games on hot days. Works are expected to commence in the coming weeks with completion prior to the start of summer.
Connect with Renmark Paringa Council at the Rose Festival Opening Ceremony
Renmark Paringa Council are launching a series of projects over the next month. Council will be taking part in the Rose Week Opening Ceremony at the Jarrett Memorial Gardens on Saturday October 17 from 8am-1pm and will provide information on all these projects along with info on activities/events which are taking place over the coming months. They include:
  • The Renmark Paringa Volunteer Hub which will be based at the Chaffey Community Centre launches on Wednesday 7 October. For more info please see 'Update from Renmark Paringa Council' at the beginning of the newsletter.
  • Renmark Paringa Visitor Information Centre (VIC) redevelopment plans. Council has sought the services of an architect to design a new VIC in place of the existing building. The new building seeks to be versatile in terms of use and also to compliment the Riverfront. These plans will be available from Saturday 17 October and we are inviting community feedback on these plans. As yet, Council has no identified funding to develop these plans but hopes to have a plan which meets the community needs and wants that when funding does become available that we are ready to act quickly.
  • A new Tourist Drive Map has been developed and will also be launched on Saturday 17 October. This new map is a guide for tourist when they visit the district to encourage them to visit our attractions. A previous guide does exist but since its conception there has been an array of wonderful new places and activities for tourists and the community alike to visit.
  • Council's Annual Report for the 2014/2015 financial year will be also be launched on Saturday 17 October. Our Annual Report is a reflection of all the key successful events/activities/projects which we have worked on over the past year. Last year we launched the new design to make it more user friendly, we received positive feedback from that and are striving to achieve an even more user friendly Annual Report which the community can enjoy.
  • The Matulick Riverfront Walk 'encouraging signage' will be launched on Thursday 22 October as stated above in the 'Community Health and Well Being' section. Information will be available at the Rose Week Opening Ceremony and we will be promoting the launch, encouraging the community to attend.
Did you know that you can get a rebate from Council if you get your cats desexed?  Two cats per financial year, per person, $40 rebate for female cats and $20 for male cats.  There is an application form available from the front counter which needs to be completed and the following paperwork needs to be sighted;
  • A current rates notice or something that proves that they are a resident of Renmark Paringa council area
  • The Certificate of desexing from the Veterinarian
  • Receipt from desexing clarifying costs involved
The rebate will be deposited into the applicant’s bank account, therefore bank details are required.
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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