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Berri man has car impounded

Upgrades to Argo Barge will make it a popular...

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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

assaulting police at Riverview Drive, Berri, on Monday. His licence was suspended for 12 months and his vehicle was impounded for 28 days.

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■ FUTURE: Renmark Paringa Council Mayor Neil Martinson with the historic Argo Barge this week.

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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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Riverland Weekly  

Issue 252 October 25 2012

Riverland Weekly  

Issue 252 October 25 2012

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