Home' The Murray Pioneer : May 23rd 2017 Contents www.murraypioneer.com.au Tuesday, May 23, 2017 NEWS 5
RABBITS digging holes at Paringa
Oval are creating dangerous
conditions for football players
using the oval, according to the
Paringa Football Club.
The club recently approached
Renmark Paringa Council over
concerns for the surface and its
players and the council has agreed
to take action.
Renmark Paringa Council direc-
tor infrastructure and environmen-
tal services Paul Day said the prob-
lem had occurred for some time.
“The current problem is that the
rabbits are digging up the play-
ing surface of the oval, leaving
holes making the playing surface
unsafe,” he said.
“Council staff have been
required to fill the holes in the oval
with red sand twice in the past
“The problem generally is an
annual event, but the numbers seem
to be greater this year possibly due
to the mild summer.”
Mr Day said bait would be laid
by professional contractors special-
ising in animal control on the area
surrounding the oval.
“No bait will be laid on the
oval,” he said.
“The product is designed for the
control of rabbits but if other ani-
mals ate large amounts of the prod-
uct or ate large amounts of rabbits
affected by the product, this could
affect those animals. (However)
council has not had any problems
in the past.”
Mr Day said the bait would be
laid in two waves, two days apart
and the product should naturally
degrade in two to three days.
Rabbit rampage at Paringa Oval
walking trail debut
RENMARK Paringa Council will
launch its Paringa Paddock bike and
walking trails this Saturday.
The trail development is part of coun-
cil’s Tracks and Trails Strategy.
The launch will begin at 10.30am at
the Lions’ Park near the Big 4 Caravan
Park, with Mayor Neil Martinson offi-
cially opening the trail at 10.40am.
Council worked on the project with
Riverland Cycling Club members Denis
Robinson and Ed Simpfendorfer who
have maintained the trail themselves for
Council took the pair’s advice to
upgrade the trails with signage and to
remove debris from the trails following
the high river event in 2016.
The trails consist of two loops and
four alternative maps. Loop one is
4.3km and loop two is 3.5km in length.
“These trails are unique as they
are truly in our backyard and can be
enjoyed by any level of rider, walker or
runner,” said Mr Martinson.
“We hope that due to its location next
to the Big 4 Caravan Park that many
tourists and locals alike will utilise the
trails and enjoy the beautiful terrain
which is only a five-minute walk from
the town centre.”
The Renmark Lions Club will pro-
vide a free sausage sizzle at the launch,
while Little Miss Daisy will sell coffees.
Community members are encouraged
to run, walk or cycle the track from
ONE lane of Renmark’s
Ral Ral Bridge is
closed while emergency
maintenance work is
performed after a car
trailer destroyed a section
of the structure’s railing
the Department of
Planning, Transport and
works were scheduled
to begin today, however
traffic restrictions were in
place on the weekend.
“For safety reasons,
one lane of the Ral Ral
Avenue Bridge has been
closed due to accident
damage of bridge railing,”
said a DPTI spokesperson.
“The bridge will be
under contraflow and
traffic signal until repairs
are complete. The foot-
path will remain open to
encouraged bridge users
to drive carefully through
the maintenance area.
“Safety of workers and
the general public is para-
mount,” said the spokes-
“So please take care
when travelling through
Bridge’s emergency repair job
Traffic restrictions are in place on Ral Ral Bridge while the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure fixes damage sustained to
the infrastructure recently. INSET: One lane on Ral Ral Bridge is closed temporarily. PHOTOS: Christian Longobardi
area after a car
a section of
Paringa Football Club recently approached Renmark Paringa Council over concerns with Paringa Oval’s surface and dangerous playing conditions due to rabbit holes. MAIN PHOTO: Grant
Schwartzkopff INSET: Council staff have been required to fill the holes in the oval with red sand twice in the past month. PHOTOS: Christian Longobardi
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