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Knowing the Facts About ICE - Free Community Information Forum

Renmark Paringa Council are actively involved in a recently formed Riverland Community Service Alliance (RCSA) – Drug and Alcohol Working Group called ‘Project ICE – Riverland’.

The aim of the RCSA is to promote, advocate and enhance positive social outcomes for the Riverland community and the Working Group is looking at ways to tackle the growing National ICE problem.
Project ICE - Riverland consists of both government and non-government agencies and the Working Group was established after extensive consultation with service providers and increased media coverage which has highlighted the National problem.

Project ICE Riverland has organised a FREE Community Information forum called 'Knowing the Facts about ICE' at the Chaffey Theatre in Renmark on Tuesday July 21 at 6.30pm. This forum is being proudly sponsored by Renmark Paringa Council, Berri Barmera Council, District Council of Loxton Waikerie, Lions Clubs Australia and ABC Riverland.

The forum is FREE and open to all members of the community. Narelle Graham from ABC Riverland will MC the event and ABC Riverland will stream the event live and also record the forum for future programming.
A panel of experts will provide information and will engage in a Q&A session at the end. There will also be a light supper provided post forum in the Chaffey Theatre foyer to allow people to connect with other concerned members of the community.

We encourage you to pre register your questions for the panel by emailing Council and also if you require more information.
We will provide up to date information regarding the forum on our Facebook Page. So please 'Like' our page to stay connected!

The Impact of Volumetric Tax on Wine to The Riverland - written by 'Andrew Weeks' Business Manager of Riverland Wine
Recently there has been an increase in talk about changing the tax on wine sales in Australia from the current tax by value to one based on the volume of alcohol.  What would this mean to people of the Riverland?

It would depend on the rate of tax per unit of alcohol.  Health lobbyists are calling for tax at the beer rate, which is $47.09/litre of alcohol above 1.15%.  This would cause retail price of 4L wine casks to increase by approximately 180%; 2L casks by 60%, yet expensive wines would reduce in price.  A $200 bottle of wine would drop by approximately 25% in price.
The flow-on impacts at industry and regional level would be significant.  Wine companies would buy less fruit from growers.  The cost of processing wine would increase, and more wine would be forced onto export markets, likely at a loss.  Support industries such as transport carriers, irrigation trusts, agribusiness suppliers, and retail outlets in towns would all be affected.
And for what?  Evidence shows that the vast majority of people who drink low cost wine are those on low incomes – such as pensioners.  Evidence also shows that these people usually have 2 drinks at most on a single occasion, and that they are hardly the type to be responsible for alcohol – fuelled violence.  In fact, alcohol consumption in Australia is dropping, and is now lower than any time in the past 50 years.  Wine casks, once comprising around two thirds of domestic wine sales are now down around 32%.  
Alcohol abuse is a medical and social problem, and should be taken seriously.  It will not be addressed with a tax, and evidence shows that the effects of such a tax would be devastating to regions such as the Riverland.
To register your opposition to a volumetric tax on wine contact
Tony Pasin, Member for Barker
Senator Anne Ruston         


Are you looking for workshops that will help develop and grow your business? Made in Riverland now have a series of workshops to help you with all aspects of business at an affordable price and at times to suit you. Check out the flyer below for more details and join their mailing list by clicking here.


Change of Date!!! After School Art Workshops at the Chaffey Community Centre to start on June 10
Renmark Paringa Council FREE Immunisation Clinic
Renmark Paringa Council’s next FREE Childhood Immunisation Clinic will be on Wednesday 17 June at the Civic 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.


The Australian Red Cross Blood Service will be returning to Renmark on the 17-18 June at the Greek Orthodox Community Hall. If you would like to make an appointment please click here.

The natural environment arm of Council (Renmark to the Border Local Action Planning) is a Section 41 Committee of Council.  We look forward to informing the community about natural resource management. For more information about the below environment articles or anything environment related, please contact Council’s Environmental Officer Teagan McKillop on 0458669717 or email.

Dog & Cat Reforms – Have Your Say!
The State Government is proposing a range of reforms to improve the management and welfare of dogs and cats in the community. These include changes to the Dog and Cat Management Act, and a new breeding code of practice.
Two of the most significant proposed changes are the introduction of mandatory micro chipping for all dogs and cats, and the requirement for anyone who breeds dogs and cats for sale to register with the Dog and Cat Management Board. A few other changes are also being proposed.
Provide your feedback by taking a 5 minute survey here.
Consultation closes on Friday 26 June.
Training Opportunity
GrowSmart Training is about to start a new Conservation and Land Management (CLM) Training Group in the Riverland. Participants will be undertaking either Certificate lll or lV, or Diploma. The group is small at this stage and new people are welcome. Most of the cost is covered by Skills for All funding, for eligible people. CLM training is very useful for anyone who has or would like to have environmental or conservation responsibilities in their job (or volunteering).

It is important to note that the Skills for All funding ends on Tuesday 30 June, with a new scheme called ‘WorkReady’ to take its place. At this stage we don’t know all the details of the new scheme so now is the time to get into training, so that it can still be under the Skills for All scheme.
For more information including full details of fees and charges contact Trevor Noble 8584 5147/0448 328 227 or email.
Alternatively you can visit their website for more information.
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Renmark Paringa Council are committed to an inclusive and informed Community and we are continuously striving to develop our communication platforms. As such our Communications Team will now send our our newsletter each month following the Council Meeting. We hope to bring you the the latest updates on issues that matter to you.
We will be changing the format of the newsletter slightly to help you understand what we are working towards in order to make our Community not only a fantastic place to live but also to visit.
If you would like to stay connected with Renmark Paringa Council more frequently, you can like us on our Facebook page as we are very active on that Social Media space.
You may also notice our 'Connect with Renmark Paringa Council' cards around town (as shown in the above pictures). This wallet sized card shows you all the ways which you can connect with us and even has a QR code which you can scan with your phone to bring you to our mailing list sign up page!
If you would like any more information regarding how to connect with us or how to subscribe to our mailing list please email us.
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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