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On behalf of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, SA Water
is undertaking extensive essential maintenance on Lock 7
near Rufus River. The lock chamber will undergo a
complete refurbishment which is vital to the longevity
of the structure.
During this period, vessels will be unable to navigate
through Lock 7 for approximately 10 to 12 weeks from
27 January 2014.
SA Water apologises for any inconvenience and
appreciates your cooperation while this important work
For further information please call Lock 7 on
(03) 5027 8225 or contact River Murray Operations
Berri office on (08) 8595 2222.
ADVICE TO BOAT OPERATORS
Lock chamber closed 10 -- 12 weeks
as from 27 January 2015
Please note Berri Customer Service Centre will be
closed on 29 December and 1, 2 January.
During this period, alternative service options are
auspost.com.au or 13 76 78
Phone Service SA 13 10 84
Monday to Friday, 8am -- 6pm throughout the
Christmas period, excluding public holidays and
Alternate Service SA Customer Service Centres
Navigation via the environmental regulator on Chowilla
Creek will be open again from 6th of December 2014
allowing small watercraft to travel through the structure.
This follows the area being closed to navigation in recent
weeks to allow for testing of the new environmental
For further information please telephone SA Water
River Murray Operations on 08 8595 2222.
ADVICE TO BOAT OPERATORS
Available from 6th of December 2014
RENMARK'S river waste
disposal station will receive a
$750,000 upgrade next year
thanks to funding from the
The River Vessel Waste
Disposal Station, located at
the back of the BIG4 Renmark
Riverfront Holiday Park, will be
upgraded using money from the
Save the River Murray Fund.
Renmark's station is one
of 13 situated along the River
Murray to provide a place for
boat operators to dispose of
sewerage, grey water and litter.
Minister Geoff Brock made the
announcement during a visit to
Mr Brock said the upgrades
would include the "modernisa-
tion" of the station to cater for
heavier boats and increase liq-
uid waste capacity.
"With about 3000 house-
boats currently registered in
South Australia, the stations
have been well used over the
past 40 years," he said.
"Demand from smaller boats
has also increased, with EPA
regulations requiring grey
water and sewerage from all
river vessels be treated on-
board or deposited at a waste
station, rather than being
released into the river.
"The upgrade of the
Renmark waste disposal sta-
tion will directly contribute to
ensuring the state's water sup-
plies from the River Murray
are adequate and safe for rural
Renmark Paringa Mayor
Neil Martinson said the facil-
ity was over 40 years old and
upgrades needed to be made
to improve the structure and
"It provides a better facility
for people who are here," he
"The houseboat industry is
huge within the Renmark area.
You're looking at probably 70
or 80 houseboats just within
our own community, so they
need a facility to ensure they
can pump out (waste) and
make boats available for the
next lot of tourists that come
Work on the station is
expected to begin after Easter
and completed by July, with
alternative pump-out facilities
provided during the construc-
are pleading for a
'zero road toll' during
the holidays as part
of today's launch of
SAPOL's annual festive
season road safety
Blandford, officer in
charge of the Murray
Mallee local service
area, said locals can
expect higher visibil-
ity of police vehicles as
part of Operation Safe
Holidays in the coming
"The name of the
game is that everybody
comes back and enjoys
2015 in a happy and
healthy way," he said.
"It's timely for peo-
ple to remember that
the holiday season is
not a time to let your
guard down and watch
how you behave on the
roads, on the river, or
"We always encour-
age people to keep
their wits about them-
selves, consume alcohol
responsibly, and wisely,
and ensure that they are
always in control and
able to make logical
"We don't want any
tragedies over this
Christmas break, or
sioner Linda Williams
said police data showed
the days leading up
to and proceeding
Christmas were the risk-
iest time to drive.
"Just one-third of our
population lives rurally,
yet crash data shows us
the risk on those roads
is higher than in highly
populated areas," she
The Motor Accident
Drink Drive and
Fatigue campaigns will
run over the same peri-
sible that some motor-
ists are still taking risks
such as drink driving,
driving without a seat-
belt, ignoring speed
limits, or driving while
using a mobile phone,"
said MAC general
manager road safety
"These are all bad
decisions that lead to
fatalities and serious
"Fatigue is also a
high risk on our roads
during the holiday peri-
od so MAC reminds
drivers to rest 15 min-
utes every two hours
when travelling longer
"This festive peri-
od, we don't want to
see any trauma on our
"The best gift you
can give your family
and friends, is to arrive
Holidays runs from
today until Monday,
January 26, 2015.
BERRI'S new marina will be up and running in
time for Christmas, says Berri Barmera Council.
The new marina -- 50 per cent funded by the
South Australian Boating Facilities Advisory
Commission -- was originally expected to be fin-
ished in September.
However, major projects and environmental
services manager Gary Brinkworth said weather
and Environment Protection Authority (EPA)
requirements had held up the project from pro-
gressing as planned.
Council chief executive officer David Beaton,
in a letter in today's Pioneer, says EPA require-
ments included the lengthy process of drying and
treating material dredged from the river front.
Mr Beaton says that at the time tenders for the
project were issued, the EPA would only approve
a disposal plan for the material once it had been
He added that once dredging had commenced,
about 5300m³ extra material had to be removed
to leave a consistent depth.
Mr Beaton also commends local business
Scherer Contractors for finding a "practical and
least-cost option" that allowed the project to
Mr Brinkworth said council was currently con-
structing the car park and de-rigging area at the
Riverview Drive marina and that it would hold
off on further work to ensure the facility would
be available during the busy holiday season.
"This is to be completed to a (certain) standard
prior to Christmas to allow its use over the holi-
day period," Mr Brinkworth told the Pioneer this
"While the boat ramp will be operational over
the holidays, some works will be held off until
after this time and we will complete these early
in the new year.
"It is critical from our perspective that the boat
ramp is open to avoid impacts to the tourists and
also in particular the caravan park during one of
our peak visitor seasons."
At council's November meeting, members
voted to allow a fifth budget increase, taking the
project cost up so far to $547,080 from an origi-
nal estimate of $398,280.
PAGE 6 David Beaton's letter
Keep it festive, not fatal this Christmas: SAPOL
Marina ready by Xmas
Renmark Paringa Council Neil Martinson, Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock and council chief executive officer Tony Siviour at
Renmark's River Vessel Waste Disposal Station, which will receive a $750,000 upgrade with funding from the State Government.
Mr Brock was in town yesterday to make the announcement. PHOTO: Will Slee
$750,000 for waste station
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