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HEALTH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
GRANT APPLICATIONS OPEN
One of the aims of the Renmark Paringa
District Health Advisory Council (RPDH HAC)
is to promote the development of the health
workforce. The RPDH is offering a grant of $500
to attend a local (within 500kms) professional
development activity or $1000, if interstate
travel is involved.
This grant is available to health industry
employees in the Renmark Paringa council
district, whose role contributes to community
health and wellbeing.
The successful applicant will effectively describe
how the development activity will improve local
health care services. Grant funds can be applied
to related travel costs and registration.
The application form is available on
the RPDH HAC web page, located via
the Country Health SA website:
The form is also located on the Renmark Paringa
Health Advisory Council Facebook page.
Completed applications are to be sent to Karen
Brown by email, email@example.com.
Karen can also assist with queries or requests
for further information.
The closing date for applications is
Friday 30 June 2017.
All applicants will be notified of their application
status by 3 August 2017.
THE Loxton and Waikerie pools
are set to remain closed until next
summer, leaving the local swimming
clubs without homes for the
remainder of the season.
The District Council of Loxton
Waikerie will announce at a special
council meeting today that repairs
to ensure the pools are safe will be
finished mid-March, only two weeks
before the end of the season.
According to the council’s Strategy
and Governance Recommendation
Report, “the costs to reopen the pools
this season cannot be justified for the
possible short time period prior to the
Loxton Waikerie chief executive
Peter Ackland recommended the
pools remain closed until the 2017/18
The report also noted that new
pumps and equipment were needed
to ensure turnover times – which is
the period of time it takes for the body
of water to pass through the filtration
equipment – were compliant with leg-
Both pools were closed on
February 14 to address safety
concerns regarding the storage and
operation of chlorine at the facilities.
Mr Ackland told the Murray
Pioneer last week that the council
hoped to reopen the swimming pools
However, the 50m pools at both
facilities still fail to meet the legal
requirements for water turnover times.
The council employed the services
of independent irrigation consultan-
cies to assess the infrastructure at
Loxton and Waikerie pools to deter-
mine how better water turnover rates
can be achieved.
Recommendations at the two facili-
ties included purchasing new pumps,
filters and shelter for equipment, with
an estimated overall cost of $50,000.
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FAKE NEWS FALLOUT: Local pools WILL reopen
THE local council has
guaranteed that Loxton and
Waikerie pools will reopen
once repairs have been made,
despite rumours the facilities
have been closed permanently.
A social media storm erupt-
ed earlier this week after the
ageing pools were closed to
address safety concerns with
the storage and operation of
chlorine at the facilities.
District Council of Loxton
Waikerie chief executive
officer Peter Ackland said a
number of problems with both
pools had been identified and
needed to be repaired.
“We’re taking an over-cau -
tious approach in terms of
safety,” he said.
“One of those is around the
storage and operation of the
chlorine that we use.
“There was no leak, but
we’ve been advised that we
need to upgrade our manage-
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Loxton Swimming Club president Paul Haenen says the District Council of Loxton Waikerie has kept him updated on the status of the Harry Tickle Memorial Pool since its closure on Tuesday
afternoon. PHOTO: Christian Longobardi
l Murray Pioneer,
February 17, 2017
man has been issued
with a six-month loss
of licence after being
caught drink driving in
Renmark this week.
Just before 5.30pm
on Wednesday, March 1,
police stopped a vehi-
cle on Hakea Street and
breath tested the driver.
The Renmark man
allegedly produced a
blood alcohol reading of
He was reported
for drink driving, was
issued a six-month
immediate loss of
licence and had his
vehicle impounded for
He will be sum-
monsed to appear in the
Berri Magistrates Court
at a later date.
SAPOL urged the
community to think
before they drink drive
as it can cause harm and
have implications on
work, family and social
The local council closed the Loxton and Waikerie pools on February 14 due to
safety concerns about the storage and operation of chlorine at both facilities.
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