Report a Fault: (08) 8586 6050 AGM - 4 December 2023

Class 1 Noxious Fish Species – Oriental Weatherloach


The high waters have brought an unwanted guest downstream—a class 1 noxious species of fish called the oriental weatherloach.  These small creatures have been causing havoc in upstream irrigation systems (first 2 left photos) and are now being found in our pipeline network, grower’s filters and domestic meters (third right photo). We have been advised their numbers will reduce as the water recedes. Please maintain your filters regularly.

The above 2 photos on the left are courtesy of Western Murray Irrigation, the third photo on the right is courtesy of RIT field staff.

Further details can be found on the PIRSA website:

https://pir.sa.gov.au/recreational_fishing/rules/species_limits/pest_profile/oriental_weatherloach

River Murray Flood Recovery – restoring power


SA Power Networks has a dedicated website for customers who have lost power during the River Murray Floods.

The main points are:

If the property has been damaged/inundated the owner will need to contact an electrician to obtain a certificate of compliance and contact their retailer to raise a service request so that SA Power Networks can then reconnect electricity supply. Right now, if they haven’t already done so, customers should:

  1. Keep up to date with SASES alerts and warnings
  2. Visit sa.gov.au/floods for the latest information, including registering for a clean-up/structural assessment
  3. Register for SA Power Networks’ free SMS/Email notification service
  4. Look at the factsheet (power reconnection process overview) published by SA Power Networks

There will also be a pop up hub on the river front next to the Renmark Club on 31 January where you can ask any questions regarding the reconnection of power.

Farewell Don Tripney


The Members, Board and Staff of the Renmark Irrigation Trust were saddened by the recent passing of Don Tripney.

Don began working for the Trust on 8 February 1954 as a trainee channelman in the days when channelmen were an important link between the Trust and Irrigators. In 1955 Don was offered a vacancy on the clerical staff and began working as a rates clerk.

One of his jobs in the 1956 flood was to monitor what was happening in the Trust basement. One Friday night he noticed that there were cracks in the floor and damp patches so he was told to shift documents to a higher level. There was about a metre of water in the basement which soaked up the walls. Unfortunately, the documents were leaning against the wall and became water logged.

With the recent high waters, staff were once again on basement watch but this time all documents were moved offsite.

In 1966 Don was appointed secretary of the Trust and in 1983 he was appointed as the first secretary manager. Don retired from the Trust on 7 July 1990. Don continued to be invaluable to the Trust following his retirement and was always happy to share his knowledge and stories.

We were pleased to see Don in early December to celebrate the Main Pumping Station’s 50th birthday. He thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the afternoon tea!

Christmas at RIT


The Trust office will close at 5pm today, the 22 December, and reopen at 8.30am on 3rd January.

Please ring 8586 6050 for any urgent matters during this time as we have staff rostered on to deal with emergencies.

Water can be booked by phone from 8.30am to 10.30am each day or you can book anytime via our online water orders page https://orders.rit.org.au/

Please email mtaylor@rit.org.for allocation transfer enquiries

We hope you have a great Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

RIT Flood Information


The peak of the flood has now passed Mildura and is expected in Renmark next week. Today, Monday, 19 December 2022, the Trust’s main pumping station is operating at 2.6m above the normal Lock 5 weir pool level. The forecast rise in the river is within the main pumping station’s operational capacity.

Trust staff will continue to monitor operations closely during the holiday period.

The continuity of power supply is of concern to all communities along the river in South Australia. However, through advocacy and liaison, the main pumping station’s power supply risk has been mitigated by:

  • the reduction in the “safety” margin of power lines over water from 4.7 to 3.7m;
  • the introduction of boating exclusion zones;
  • the state government 250GL secondary levy bank around the Renmark sub-station; and
  • confirmation of SAPN’s ability to isolate and re-route the power supply.

Organic matter in the water remains high – please check and clean your filters regularly. Our Water Service Managers are available throughout the holiday period (8586 6050)

(Photo credit: Riverland Commercial Photography)

Riverland Wine’s Grape and Wine Sector Industry Workshop


The new date for Riverland Wine’s next Outlook Industry Workshop has been set.

The workshop will include information on vineyard resting post hard pruning inspection, reworking/ grafting vines, and growing vineyard resilience.

It will also include a discussion on the initial findings from the Grower Survey.

For more details see Riverland Wine’s Facebook page



Rural business support for flood affected businesses


The South Australian Government has partnered with Rural Business Support to provide free, independent and confidential financial counselling to small business owners affected by the Riverland flooding crisis as they plan their road to recovery.

RBS business financial counsellors can support small and family business owners to develop emergency and recovery/ continuity action plans, working with the business owner to understand the short and long term implications of the flood event and assisting them to manage their financial wellbeing as they recover and rebuild.

For more information please call FREECALL 1800 836 211 or or visit www.ruralbusinesssupport.org.au 

Renmark Community Meeting – 1 December


When: Thursday 1 December 6-7.30pm

Where: Renmark Greek Church Hall, Twentyfirst Street

Topic: River Murray flows and their impact. It will also outline ways to be prepared.

Organised by the State Emergency Service

The meeting will be live-streamed on the SA State Emergency Service Facebook page at 6pm on Thursday December 1

50th Anniversary tours of the Main Pumping Station


1 December 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the commissioning of the Trust’s Main Pumping Station. It was one of 3 transformational projects which were driven by the Trust’s Board and staff, from 1960-1977. The new main pumping station replaced a network of pumping stations which had been operational since the early 1900s.

The flamboyant Premier of the day, Don Dunstan, commissioned the pumping station. He attended a celebratory lunch at the Renmark Club and steered the Liba Liba to view the new site from the River

As part of 50th celebrations, the Trust is offering tours of the Main Pumping Station.

You will be able to view various parts of the station while Trust staff explain the functions of the pumps and fully automated control equipment. Like many visitors to the MPS, you may be surprised by the technology and scale of the pumps, motors, pipes and electrical equipment that are required to meet irrigation demand in the Trust district.

Tours will only take place if access to the pumping station is not impacted by High River Flows

When: Thurs 1 Dec  2pm  AND  Sunday 4 Dec 2pm  (approx. 1 hour)

Where:  RIT Main Pumping Station, James Ave, Renmark

Free but bookings required

Book here:  https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/rit-main-pumping-station-50th-anniversary-tours-tickets-456542529997

Or phone the RIT office (08) 8586 6911