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n awareness: Barmera’s Alex Centofanti with son Gavin, who was diagnosed with luekaemia at the age of three, with Light the Night lanterns ready for the event in Renmark on Sunday. Photo: Brad Perry
Fighting spirit A Barmera family is urging locals to participate in Light the Night to raise funds for a cause close to their hearts. Full story Page 4
club’s new direction THE Barmera Country Club, located on the Barmera Golf Course, is about to undergo a significant upgrade as a syndicate of senior tourism people finalises plans to purchase the facility. The syndicate hopes to complete the purchase of the motel and conference centre by early November, before beginning a significant
BRAD PERRY refurbishment program. Syndicate representative Peter Pickering, owner of Swan Hill Bus Lines, said the group has big intentions for the Country Club.
“Our group is very excited about the plans we have to develop the business into something the people of Barmera, and the Riverland in general, can be proud of,” he said. “We recognize the importance of quality accommodation, food and service to encourage holiday makers and business people to stay in the area for the
benefit of the community as a whole. “We will be working closely with the community leaders, the local golf club and local tourism representatives to see how we can best support the ongoing promotion of the Riverland as a business and holiday centre.” n Continued Page 2
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BRAD PERRY WHEN it comes to raising funds for good causes, the Riverland often bands together in a strong show of community spirit. This Sunday is one of those occasions when locals again need to come together for the greater good. The Light the Night Commu-
â– NEW TRIAL: (From left) SA MDB NRMâ€™s Michael Cutting, Dr Guido Dâ€™Urso and Bookpurnong irrigator Bill Ruediger at his property during a visit for the IrriEye trial. practices,â€? he said. â€œIn 2011/2012 a trial commenced on a few properties in the Bookpurnong irrigation area with winegrape, citrus and stone fruit crops. â€œThe trial will continue in 2012/2013 and complete some further on-ground validation of the system.â€? Researcher Dr. Guido Dâ€™Urso
said that monitoring from space was able to provide timely personalised information directly to farmers that takes into account the actual development of their crops under the current environmental conditions and their agricultural practices. â€œWhile the IrriEYE system is currently focused on water management, I expect that the tech-
nology will continue to evolve and provide other agronomic benefits including nutrient and energy use efficiencies,â€? Dr Dâ€™Urso said. Bookpurnong irrigator and trial participant Bill Ruediger reviewed his propertyâ€™s results with Professor Dâ€™Urso when he visited Australia in June this year. Mr Ruediger noted that limitations he was already aware of such as soil type and impacts of the current irrigation system on crop canopy development were confirmed in the IrriEYE results. â€œI have a patch of citrus that I recently reworked, however, it is on the same irrigation valve as other more mature citrus making efficient irrigation scheduling quite difficult,â€? Mr Ruediger said. â€œHowever, Iâ€™m currently in the process of upgrading my irrigation system to rectify this thanks to funding received through the Private Irrigation Infrastructure Program for South Australia.â€?
Cancer touches many lives nity Walk being held in Renmark on Sunday is an important initiative raising funds for the Leukaemia Foundation. Many peopleâ€™s lives have been impacted by cancer, including my own. My family lost one of the nicest people I will ever meet to cancer and he was someone I looked up to fondly. A smart and funny uncle,
who will never be far from my mind. I urge everyone in the community to take part in Light the Night to remember those loved ones who have such an illness or have lost their battle. For those who are fighting cancer, or who have fought cancer, such as the very brave Gavin Centofanti on our front page,
by gathering the community together it shows they are there to help and to offer support when needed. The lanterns that will be held during the walk are not just there to light the way. The gold lanterns are to remember a loved one, the white lantern will reflect on their own journey and a blue lantern is to support others.
Vocational Awards recognised
THE Riverland and Mallee Vocational Awards was recognised with a state honour on Monday night at the Premierâ€™s Community Service Awards. The Berri Rotary Club, which organises the awards, took home Best Event at the prestigious night held in Glenelg. Rotary Club of Berriâ€™s Andrew Gower said the win acknowledges the importance of the event to the region. â€œThis is just recognition for what has almost become an institution in the Riverland,â€? Mr Gower said. â€œJust recognising the fact that it has been around for 29 years and that itâ€™s important to the region, it gives recognition to trainees and apprentices, who in a lot of cases, it
â– WIN: Rotary Club of Berriâ€™s Andrew Gower with the certificate received for winning the Events Award at a state presentation on Monday. started them off on their career paths.â€? Mr Gower paid homage to the Rotary Club of Renmark who initially ran the event for over 25 years. The 2013 Riverland and
Mallee Vocational Awards nominations are still being accepted with Mr Gower stating they have received a good number of applications for the February 8 event.
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The investor group is believed to have wide ranging experience in the travel and tourism industry. â€œAll members of the syndicate are looking forward to the challengeâ€? Mr Pickering said. It is understood a new onsite management team has been appointed and will finalise the details of the upgrade program once they are on site. More details on the refurbishment plans, along with a special offer for Riverland residents to come and try the upgraded restaurant when it is completed, will be made available in early 2013.
â– CHANGE: The Barmera Country Club conference facility. The Barmera Country Club was listed for sale by Adelaide real estate company Raine & Horne for $1.44 million for the freehold and business with the listing stating it was re-offered due to a failed contract. According to the listing,
the property has 29 ground floor units with undercover parking, self contained conference facilities, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a three bedroom residence, restaurant, bar and a large tract of undeveloped land for future expansion.
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A 35-year-old man from Berri was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without due care, refusing a breathalyser test and
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AFTER years of tireless work from volunteers, the committee behind the upkeep of the Argo Barge hope to have it set up as a permanent floating museum by Easter next year. At this month’s meeting, drawings of the new walkway and the platform design will be presented to the committee. Argo Barge committee chairperson Neil Martinson said plans have been in place for some time to turn the currently unused historic vessel into a tourist attrac-
tion and the project is now pushing forward. “We’ve now got the second skin on the barge itself, so that is stopping the water getting into the boat which has been a real issue for us, especially with automatic pumps there and electricity breakdowns,” he said. “The next part of the process is to get a platform on the inside of the Barge and we are going to have memorabilia in there that volunteers are putting together.
“People will have access to the Barge through the tourist office and that will also give them access to look over the PS Industry. “We are going to realign one of the fences there so you can physically get onto the Barge and then have a look at the memorabilia inside.” Renmark Paringa Council has set aside $50,000 for the works with the skin aligning the ship previously being donated. Mr Martinson said once the
walkways and fencing have been realigned, a new gang plank installed and a viewing platform on the Argo Barge in place, the vessel is expected to be a popular tourist attraction. “The Argo Barge is ancillary to the Industry, so that’s why we created the Port of Renmark,” Mr Martinson said. “It just gives tourists the opportunity to have a look at something else that’s reminiscent of the Riverland area and they can see a bit of history.”
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Renmark to host AFL preseason match AUSTRALIAN Football League teams Port Power and Melbourne will play a NAB Cup preseason match in Renmark next year in a move which is expected to attract a number of visitors to the Riverland. The Riverland Football League was informed by
Port Adelaide yesterday that it would be playing the match at Renmark Oval on Sunday, March 3, at 4pm (CDT) following the release of the 2013 NAB Cup fixture. Riverland Football League chief executive Wendy Kruger said the announcement is a boost for
the game locally and the region as a whole. An AFL preseason game was last held in the Riverland at Berri in 2009. “I think it’s wonderful for the Riverland and wonderful for football,” Mrs Kruger said. “We hope to get a decent crowd and we hope
the public will support it.” Mrs Kruger said having AFL players in the region is a positive for the younger generation. “I think it’s good for the young kids, even if they don’t follow those two teams, they’ll all be out there,” she said.
Funding secured to assess Renmark Airport runway for future upgrades THE Renmark Paringa Council is gathering information through surveys to determine the need and usage of the local airport, with the possibility of being a stopover for Mildura flights to Adelaide. Council has been allocated $23,000 in funding from Primary Industries and Resources South Australia (PIRSA) to carry out California Bearing Ratio (CBR) testing of the main runway sub-base at the Renmark Airport. “This will give an accurate assessment of the subbase to enable costings of runway upgrades to cater for larger aircraft,” Council chief executive officer Tony Siviour said. Four surveys are being undertaken in a joint ini-
tiative by the council and Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland under the headings of fly in/fly out mining and resource construction, business, health and tourism. We are now going to be able to do some core sampling of the runway.
The surveys have been designed to assess likely airport use if domestic and commercial flights were available in the future. Renmark Paringa Council Mayor Neil Martinson said data collected may be
used to approach flying companies. Council is also targeting an increase in international tourism and to potentially have a flying school based in the region. “We are now going to be able to do some core sampling of the runway to see exactly what’s underneath there and from that we can determine how much money it is going to cost us just to upgrade the facility,” Mr Martinson said. “It always depends on how much you can upgrade to what sort of planes you are going to get in, so there is still a lot of work to be done yet.” Mr Martinson said the surveys will help determine the amount of use for the Renmark Airport and the
extent of the upgrade required for the runway. “Even the Mildura flights going through to Adelaide, we will be able to see whether there is a case or an argument for numbers that may be using it to get them to stop here at Renmark,” he said. “Because there is a lot of money involved, you don’t want the thing to get up and running and then all of a sudden stop. “It needs to be an ongoing commitment from everybody that they are prepared to use that facility or do use it now and you would think that would increase as time goes by.” The surveys can be found on the council website at www.renmarkparinga.sa.gov.au
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Barmera eight-year-old Gavin Centofanti has experienced cancer first hand and is urging people to...
Join Light the Night to raise funds FOR eight-year-old Gavin Centofanti and his family, this weekendâ€™s Light the Night Community Walk in Renmark is close to their hearts. Shortly after Gavin turned three years of age he became unwell and was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. The Barmera familyâ€™s lives were turned upside down when the realisation set in and Gavin was required to travel to Adelaide for treatment. â€œWe had to move to Adelaide for nine and a half months of intensive treatment, so it was a long time, and heâ€™s only just finished his treatment last May,â€? Gavinâ€™s mother Alex said. â€œWe had to move to Adelaide and leave family home, my other son had just turned five and it was his first week at school. â€œSo you are very torn and sometimes when your child is so sick and you canâ€™t do anything you just need people to be there for you. â€œBecause we ran our own business it made it even harder,
my husband had to be up here working and operating a business because we had to keep our people employed.â€? The Leukaemia Foundation came to the aid of the Centofanti family providing accommodation and help required. â€œPeople donâ€™t realise that when you have to move to Adelaide with a blood cancer that you need to sometimes live away from home,â€? Alex said. â€œThe accommodation that they (Leukaemia Foundation) are providing, they have units now but not enough, is a really big help to Riverland people.â€? Alex said Gavin is now in remission after three and a half years of treatment. â€œHeâ€™s completed his treatment and he doesnâ€™t have to go to Adelaide as often but he still has to have regular blood tests and checkups,â€? she said. â€œIt means that heâ€™s healthy and he has another five years until they say heâ€™s cured.â€? Light the Night is the Leukaemia Foundationâ€™s inspir-
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