Issue No. 226 â€“ Thursday, April 26, 2012
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â– REMEMBER: Loxton war veterans Tony Auld (left) and Howard Henderick enjoy a lighter moment following the Loxton Anzac Day dawn service.
Lest we forget
Photo: BRAD PERRY
Record numbers attended Anzac Day services across the region. Full story Page 7.
Feasibility report recommends that relocating Renmark Paringaâ€™s VIC would be beneficial
CENTRE TO MOVE?
A FEASIBILITY report has recommended that the Renmark Paringa Visitor Information Centre be relocated to 18th Street in order to maximise tourism and financial benefits. Hudson Howells, which was engaged by the Renmark Paringa Council to complete a study into
the feasibility of relocating the visitor centre, states that savings of more than $225,000 over 10 years can be made if it relocates to the Community and Civic Centre. Despite the findings in the report, council will now hold a workshop with elected members and staff over the next month to look into a tourism strategy for the Ren-
mark Paringa area. â€œThe idea is to work out a whole tourism strategy for the Renmark Paringa area and included in that will be the report,â€? Renmark Paringa Council Mayor Neil Martinson said. â€œFrom that theyâ€™ll then come up with a proposal that will go out to the community.â€? The report included extensive
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stakeholder consultation with local tourist and traders groups. If council decides to accept the reportâ€™s recommendations to relocate the visitor centre to the Renmark Paringa Community and Civic Centre on 18th Street, the Stateliner bus service will need to move and the PS Industry will need to make alternative arrangements for servic-
By BRAD PERRY
2 • Riverland Weekly – Thursday April 26, 2012
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Mother’s Day guide Pages 8, 9 and 10
Health in focus
Renmark aims high in netball Page 28
Berri Barmera Council seeks approval to reduce existing four knot limit EDITORIAL BY
A time of reflection I WAS one of many Riverlanders braving cold conditions on Anzac Day to commemorate the sacrifices of those who served Australia in armed conflicts. Each year veterans and community members gather at local sites to pay their respects and remember the sacrifices made. Like so many others, my family was directly affected by war. My Poppa was aboard the HMAS Perth during the Battle of Sunda Strait in World War II. Unknowingly the ship had sailed directly into a convoy of around 50 enemy warships and after engaging heavily in action for many hours severely outnumbered, the HMAS Perth ran out of ammo. The ship was torpedoed and sunk to the bottom of the ocean in Java. More than 350 of the personnel on board died. My Poppa survived and was taken Prisoner Of War in Changi. He spoke little about the war but the horrific experiences he shared with me are beyond words. Every Anzac Day I remember my Poppa and the sacrifices he made to help shape Australia to what it is today. We will remember them.
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By BRAD PERRY THE Berri Barmera Council is seeking approval from the Department of Planning for changes to the speed limit on Lake Bonney. As part of the approval sought, council is aiming to relocate the eastern boundary of the four knot zone on Lake Bonney 200 metres to the west following concerns that the area does not strike a suitable balance for water users. A letter drop in regards to the speed limit change revealed that 95 out of the 137 responses were in favour of the change. Berri Barmera Councillor Mike Fuller said a reducing the speed limit at the eastern end of Lake Bonney would be “a win for the community”. “That’s the prime real estate on the lake area for people to park their boats and that’s been denied for many years and I could never understand why that was the case when there is still 73,000 square metres of water
that will be subject to a four knot zone,” Mr Fuller said. “By opening it up it’s going to make the lake a more vibrant and attractive area and hopefully help to improve the economy in Barmera. “It has been said that there is plenty of lake out there for them to use but water skiing is generally something that is undertaken by families and other social groups who don’t just sit in the boat all day, they need to sit somewhere in an area and they can relax and watch what’s going on in the water.” Lake Bonney Yacht Club sailing committee member Peter Dunk said there are a number of recreational users who currently do not obey the four knot speed limit. “There is a lot of people that are responsible but there is also a lot that don’t stick to the rules anyway,” he said. “If they manage it (the speed limit change) right it will be fine I think but they’ve got to be able to police and enforce it.”
What you said about the proposed changes: Comments in favour of the amendment: • Would be a benefit for boat users • Benefit skiers who already use the area • Should not encourage swimming around a boat ramp • The location is the most suitable for skiers on the lake • Most swimmers already do not use the area • Would be good for tourists and events • Reduce conflict between boat users/swimmers • More signage was needed to identify the area to assist. Comments against the amendment: • Council should reduce area only for special events • Water craft disregard speed limits anyway • Boats already have the use of the majority of the lake • Restrictions ensure safety of all water users • The existing zone should extend further along the lakefront.
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