Report a Fault: (08) 8586 6050| Annual shutdown 12 - 17 May 2024

Channels to Pipes program 1968-1977

RIT is hosting a panel event on May 29 about the Channels to Pipes program which the Trust undertook from 1968-1977. This is part of the SA History Trust History Festival which is an annual festival that highlights local history and important events in the history of South Australia

There will be a panel, Ray Najar, Phil Sims and Robert Tucker, who will talk about the program and how it affected the Renmark community. The program was ground-breaking and resulted in an increased pumping efficiency far in excess of expectations.

Come and hear about the program and look at the display of maps and photos which bring the program to life.

The event will be held at the Renmark Paringa Council library, Renmark. Bookings are essential.

Please ring the library on 8586 5544 or text 0499 681 556.


All irrigators and other customers of the Renmark Irrigation Trust are advised that the Trust will cease pumping water at the Main Pumping Station at 9pm on Sunday 12 May 2024.

Water supply will be restored by approximately 11.59pm on Friday 17 May 2024.

The annual shutdown enables planned preventative maintenance and other works which cannot be carried out while normal pumping is in progress.

Domestic and industrial water users should maintain storage capable of holding up to 7 days water supply at all times.

Anzac Day – Captain Harry Katekar

We wish to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of men and women who have served our country in all theatres of war.

This year we are highlighting Harry Katekar’s service in WWII. H.J (Harry) Katekar was on the RIT Board from 1957-1972. He was the son of Charles Katekar MBE who was the chairman of the Board from 1925-1945.

Harry was born in 1914 in Renmark, and graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1937. He enlisted in the SA 2/27 Infantry Battalion in May 1940 as a private, but due to his education was offered a commission and promoted to Lieutenant.

Harry fought in Syria and New Guinea. A pivotal battle for Harry and his battalion took place on the slopes of Mission Ridge in Central New Guinea, on the days after September 7, 1942. The Japanese had outflanked the Australians who were also outnumbered. Japanese snipers were effective and many Australians died or were wounded in the ensuing days. Harry went on to fight in the battle of Gona in New Guinea in December 1942.

After the war, Harry Katekar was Chairman of the Renmark Flood Emergency Committee, which had responsibility for defending and/or evacuating the town if the flood waters rose significantly in July-August 1956.

Harry conducted two interviews which are available on the Australian War Memorial website – Rob Linn in 1990 and Peter Brune in c.2009.

Rob Linn interview and transcript

Peter Brune interview

*Photo from the Kokoda Historical webpage which includes a detailed account of Harry Katekar’s war service

Anzac Day Trust office opening hours

The Trust Office will be closed from 5pm Wednesday 24 April and will reopen at 8.30am on Monday 29 April.

For any emergencies with your water delivery please ring 8586 6050

While the office is closed, water orders will be taken over the phone between 8.30 and 10.30am each day. Please phone 8586 6050

Guide for grape growers and winemakers

A South Australian assistance guide for grape growers and winemakers has been developed by PIRSA in partnership with the Wine Grape Council of South Australia (WGCSA) and the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA). The guide includes information about business and financial support services, industry programs and technical advice, legal services, health and wellbeing services and support, and helplines.


Farm Household Allowance (FHA) is for farmers and their partners who are experiencing financial hardship. There are conditions attached to claiming FHA.

Call 1300 771 741  or

 Councillors from Rural Business Support are also available for free, independent and confidential advice. Please ring 1800 836 211 for more information.

PIRSA emergency water infrastructure rebate scheme

The Government of South Australia in partnership with the Australian Government is providing a rebate of up to 25 per cent (to a maximum of $25,000 – GST exclusive) to primary producers for the costs associated with the purchase and installation of new on-farm water infrastructure, or to repair or replace damaged infrastructure for livestock and permanent horticulture that assists primary producers to be more resilient for future droughts by protecting high value horticultural assets.

You must have purchased and installed new eligible water infrastructure, or repaired or replaced damaged water infrastructure for existing permanent horticultural plantings on or after 1 July 2019.

Applications close 30 April 2024 or when funding for this round is exhausted, whichever occurs first. Click the link here to find out more.

Easter hours at the Trust Office

The Trust office will be closed for Easter from 5pm 28 March until 8.30am Tuesday 2 April.

For emergencies please ring (08) 8586 6050

Water orders are available between 8.30am and 10.30am. Please ring (08) 8586 6050

Have a safe and happy Easter

Staff farewells

We have farewelled two long serving RIT staff members in November and December this year.

Dion Heuzenroeder, Technical Services Manager, left in November after 14 years with the Trust. Dion was responsible for IT services and supported the IT needs of the Trust staff, Board members and the wider RIT community. Dion was a friendly face when computers did things we didn’t expect them to do!

We wish Dion all the best for the future.

Stella Reinertsen retired in December after 28 years with the Trust. Stella was the front face of the Trust, working in an administration role to support members and Trust staff. Stella emigrated from Europe as a child with her family after World War II and was a blockie’s daughter. She had a special bond with many of our immigrant members, and was always caring and respectful.

We wish Stella all the best for her well deserved retirement.

Farewell Barry Knight

The Board, and Staff of the Renmark Irrigation Trust were saddened by the recent passing of Barry Knight. Barry was a highly valued employee at the Trust for 46 years starting work in June 1972 at 19 years of age.

Annual Elections 2023

Notice is hereby given that nominations will be received at the Trust Office until 4.00 pm on Friday 10 November 2023, to fill vacancies caused by expiry of the term of office of the following:


                                BUTLER, James

                                KOR, Jasvidar

                                LOGOS, Andrea

                                LUDAS, David

Nomination forms in accordance with the Renmark Irrigation Trust Act 2009 are available at the Trust Office.  Should more nominations be received than there are vacancies to be filled, an election by ballot will be conducted at the Annual General Meeting of Members on Monday 4 December 2023.