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:
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.
Research published about the views of RIT irrigators
A University research team interviewed RIT irrigators last year about their views on the water market, water security, viability of their crops and the long term outlook for horticulture production in the Renmark Irrigation District
The research revealed high levels of uncertainty amongst irrigators regarding their future viability, including unintended consequences from the water market, the role of water brokers, and the environmental viability of the river system.
The lead investigator Guy Robinson presented the findings at the International Geographical Union Congress in Paris last year at the Societe de Geographie building (see photo)
A free copy of the research article – Managing water for environmental provision and horticultural production in South Australia’s Riverland can be downloaded here
La Trobe University research project – Have your say!
Have you lived in Renmark or Loxton for the last 15 years?
If so, your views on how environmental and water policy changes have affected you are needed by a research team from La Trobe University.
If you want to be involved please contact Dr Heather Downey, Chief Investigator – email: H.Downey@latrobe.edu.au
More information can be found here
Murray-Darling Basin Plan Review – Renmark meeting
Commissioner Joanne Chong is coming to Renmark on June 29 for a public forum on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan Review. This forum is a chance for community members to share their thoughts and experiences, learn about the review, and contribute to shaping the future of the Basin Plan.
DATE: 29 June 10.30am -12pm
PLACE: Hotel Renmark
Register now to attend: https://www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/current/basin-plan-2023/public-forums
ANNUAL SHUTDOWN OF PUMPING
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 14 May 2023.
Water supply will be restored by approximately 11.59pm on Friday 19 May 2023.
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.
Video now available: RIT and Renmark after the 1956 Flood
Renmark Irrigation Trust was the Council responsible for rebuilding the irrigation settlement in Renmark after the 1956 Flood. It was a momentous task. The costs involved in reconstructing roads, relocating flood levees, rebuilding and reconnecting irrigation channels and blocks were overwhelming.
A panel of Renmark residents spoke on 3 May 2023 at Renmark Paringa Library about their memories of RIT’s role in the reconstruction, and how families rebuilt their lives.
Panel: Max Burr – Clack John – Ian Tolley
More information about the event can be found here
A video of the event can be found here
Water allocations open at 100 percent for 2023-24 water year
The recent flood in the Murray Darling Basin has meant that the River Murray storages are at very high levels. They are at 89 per cent capacity, which is 50 per cent above the long-term average for the end of March.
There has also been a boost to the water which has been available for the environment. Some floodplains have received water for the first time since the 1956 flood.
These factors mean that River Murray irrigators will be able to access 100 percent of their allocation in 2023-24