Report a Fault: (08) 8586 6050| AGM 2 December 2024

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

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 https://www.ruralbusinesssupport.org.au/what-we-do/rfcs/

 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:

        DIRECTORS

                                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.

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.