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“I didn’t realise so many people
have had the same experience as
me,” Ms Parry said.
The bridge is part of a national
highway and therefore the infra-
structure is the responsibility of the
State Government’s Department
of Planning, Transport and
In a statement to the Pioneer in
August last year, a spokesperson
said funding for “minor upgrades”
to the bridge were flagged.
Ms Parry said she uses the bridge
every day and the infrastructure was
getting “worse and worse”.
“I’m experiencing closer and
closer calls...” she said.
“You just feel unsafe when you
drive over it. You don’t know if
you’re going to make it home or not.
“It’s a big issue with the trucks
going over all the bumps in the road.
They start to go a bit all over the
place and you want to give them as
much room as possible, because you
know how difficult it would be for
them to cross the bridge, but you
haven’t got the space to give them.”
She said the bike lane and pedes-
trian path were also below par.
“My partner has had quite a few
close calls with bikes riding on the
main road, because they can’t use
the bike path,” she said.
“Apparently it’s very steep and it
needs looking at as well.”
Ms Parry’s suggestion for DPTI
“Knock it down and build a new
one,” she said.
“You see all these roads upgraded
that don’t even need to be done and
they’re at the top of the list.
“This one is getting used every
day, with thousands and thousands
of vehicles crossing it. It should be
on top of the list.”
Renmark Paringa Council direc-
tor infrastructure and environmen-
tal services Paul Day said council
met with DPTI representatives on
Thursday to discuss potential plans
for the bridge.
“DPTI is still in the planning
stage and once complete the concept
will go to a panel for final approv-
al,” he said.
“If approval is given then we will
all know more about timeframes.
“DPTI have informed council
that they are considering widening
the bridge for vehicles and possibly
moving pedestrians underneath the
bridge to ensure safer passage for
“Council would like to see a
wider bridge for vehicles and to
remove pedestrians from the traffic
if possible, i.e. underneath is a great
Mr Day said council had held
concerns over the bridge for a “num-
ber of years”.
“We have met with DPTI on
many occasions to attempt to pro-
gress the issue quickly,” he said.
“DPTI and all parties involved
would have liked to have seen the
work progress more quickly, but
State Government have detailed pro-
cesses around funding allocations
Ms Parry said she hoped upgrades
would occur soon.
“I just hope that something can
get done before someone dies,” said
“It seems to be the only way
things get done... as soon as some-
one dies then roads get fixed, so I
don’t want it to come to that.”
Ms Parry said she would nomi-
nate the stretch of road for RAA’s
Risky Road campaign.
As its recent monthly meeting,
Renmark Paringa councillor Jack
Gibb put a motion forward for coun-
cil to write to DPTI and request
being a part of any initial planning
stages for bridge upgrades.
DPTI was contacted for com-
ment, but did not respond in time for
the Pioneer’s deadline.
HUNDREDS of locals and
tourists witnessed a blast
from the past as dozens of old
speedboats hit the water at Berri
on the weekend.
The Riverland Roundup
Speedboat Show & Go was held
at Martin Bend on Saturday as
the boats tested their limits.
The first edition of the event
was an unprecedented success,
according to event co-ordinator
“In total we ended up with
approximately 30 boats and had
close to a thousand people come
and watch throughout the day,”
“I didn’t expect anywhere
near the sort of crowd we had as
there were other events across
the Riverland we were compet-
ing against, including the Slalom
Skiing in Renmark and the
speedway at Waikerie.
“There was a steady stream of
people coming to watch all day
and some even brought their own
That’s what it was all about.”
Mr Philp said the success of the
show would lead to bigger and
better events in the future, after
receiving high praise from a visit-
ing aquatic club.
“The Goolwa Aquatic Club
were absolutely amazed at the
turn-out, so much so that they
want to make it an annual event,”
“They want to come back
every year and instead of just
having it as a picnic day they
want to turn it into an ‘aquafest’.
“At Goolwa they have their
aquafest and they get around 60
boats and thousands of people
come to watch, so we will try to
ramp up our event a few notch-
Mr Philp said the relaxed for-
mat of the show, described as
‘spirited demonstrations’ rather
than racing, was well received by
“A lot of spectators said this
was better than a normal race
day,” he said.
“There was always a boat on
the water and continuous action
throughout the day for everyone
Despite the age of the boats,
Mr Philp said a number of them
hit their respective top speeds
during the event.
“The 20-foot ski race boat
‘Cannon’ ran 114 miles an hour,
while ‘Supa Nova’ was on the
money at 110 miles an hour,” he
“It was just a great day all
round, and we hope to be bigger
and better next year.”
Concerned Paringa resident Jodie Parry says she uses the Bookmark Bridge
every day and the infrastructure is getting “worse and worse”.
PHOTO: Jane Kuerschner
About 30 boats hit the water at Berri on Saturday for the Roundup Speedboat Show & Go event.
INSET: Almost 1000 spectators came to enjoy the ‘spirited demonstrations’.
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