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SOME LOCAL AUSTRALIA DAY EVENTS SCALED BACK

Riverland and Mallee locals are being encouraged to "reflect, respect and celebrate" this Australia Day. More than $11 million is being provided to local councils and community organisations to deliver Australia Day events around the country. While some local events have been tweaked or scaled down due to covid reasons, a number...

POWERBOATS BACK ON THE WATER 

The annual 'King of the River' Riverland Powerboat Club race has been run & won following two days of racing in Berri.  The annual event was highly contested with Adelaide’s David Clarke aboard Tuff-e-Nuff taking out the prestigious trophy. Turn-it-up racing’s Connor Patterson was the winner of the Trojan cup for the...

MAKE THE RIGHT CALL - ROYAL LIFE SAVING 

Alarming drowning data has prompted further warnings from Royal Lifesaving Australia. Since the 1st of December 50 Australians have drowned in waterways across Australia, with the River Murray being the number one location. The data also highlights young men aged 18 to 34 are the highest risk group, accounting for a quarter...

HOSPITAL CLOSURE SPECULATION SQUASHED BY HEALTH NETWORK

Fears of a permanent closure of the Barmera Hospital have been all but put to bed by the local health network. Last week the hospital temporally closed inpatient services, with the health network citing staff needing to be used more strategically as the pandemic continues. The prior to the hospital admitted just...

NO TAXPAYER FUNDED CAR FOR NATS CANDIDATE 

A National Party candidate for the seat of Chaffey has said he won’t be taking a taxpayer car, should he be elected this year.  27-year-old Damien Boijs outlined his plan this week,  saying it would save taxpayers money and redirect the funds where it’s needed most. While the practicalities of this plan...

BOOST FOR REMOTE AIRSTRIPS

Local airstrips could see some upgrades soon, with the federal government releasing guidelines of the Remote Airstrip Upgrade program. A total of $15 million is available, with eligible owners or operators of existing aerodromes in remote or very remote areas of Australia able to apply for a grant of between $5,000...

OPINION STILL OUT ON FUTURE OF DISUSED RIVERFRONT BUILDING 

Some local residents have raised concerns with the speculated future of the former Westpac building in Renmark. The Murray Avenue building was vacated in 2020 when Westpac moved in with sister bank Bank SA, and since has seen some work to maintain the site.   The future of the council owned building...

MAKING EVERY DROP COUNT 

Over $60 Million dollars is to be invested to assist water managers in the Murray Darling basin to enable stronger water management decisions. Announced yesterday the funding will update 24 Murray Darling basin models which will give river managers clearer and more precise water information. Experts say while the current models are...

GOVERNMENT TO COVER BACKPACKER VISA FEES 

More working holiday makers could be back in the Riverland sooner, following moves to waive visa fees for backpackers. Yesterday the prime minister made the call the $495 dollar working holiday maker visa fee would be covered for the next 12 weeks. For many years the Riverland was a popular stop for...

SAVILLE ON COURT AT AUS OPEN TODAY 

Riverland Tennis star Luke Saville kicks off his Australian Open campaign today in the men’s doubles at Melbourne Park.   The former Wimbledon junior champion and Australian Open doubles finalist teams up with fellow Australian John Patrick Smith. Saville & Smith take on 5th seeded duo of John Peers and Filip Polasek....