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A PEEK INTO THE FUTURE: An artistic impression of how the Berri river front precinct may look once developed. The land between the Berri Resort Hotel and Berri Riverside Caravan Park is zoned for various purposes including residential, tourism, small-scale retail use or accom-
modation with a three-storey height limit.
Berri’s foreshore development
could include anything from housing
to restaurants to shops, according to a
report before Berri Barmera Council’s
regular monthly meeting this week.
Earlier this month, the State Government
announced it would allow council to pur-
chase the river front land currently housing
the Berri Bowling Club for $1.86 million.
The sale would allow council to move the
club to Glassey Park and sell allotments of
the river front real estate.
Council chief executive officer David
Beaton said he had been inundated with
questions about how Berri’s river front might
look in the future.
His report to this week’s regular monthly
meeting said a 2011 change in the town’s
development plan would allow the land to be
used for both residential and business pur-
poses with a three-storey height limit.
“Council has undertaken a development
plan amendment in preparation for
this re-development to occur,” the report
“This was completed in 2011, and allows
for the re-zoning of the river front land to
allow for the envisaged use.
“(Council’s) proposes allotments that are
typically 10 metres wide with a depth of 50
River front options galore for Berri
Berri Barmera Council’s newly purchased land allows for housing, restaurants, shops...
By ALEXANDRA LOKAN
Berri Barmera Council
says campers at Martin
Bend have been adhering
to a new $5 nightly
charge in line with its new
From July 1, campers have
been charged the fee per site,
payable via an honesty box in
front of the caretaker’s home.
Council resolved to charge
an overnight fee for the site to
help pay for its maintenance
while a new district camping
policy was created.
manager Gary Brinkworth
said while the exact amount
raised from the campsite in the
first three weeks is unknown,
campers had been following
the new policy.
“We have not collated the
amounts yet from the first few
weeks of collection,” he said.
“(But) our general inspec-
tor has been patrolling the area
and talking to people (and) all
have paid so far.”
Mr Brinkworth said several
factors contributed to costs in
maintaining Martin Bend.
“The costs attributed to
Martin Bend include the main-
tenance of the grounds, bar-
becues, seating and shelters,
roads, a toilet and effluent
system, caretaker’s residence,
bin collection and provision
of new or upgraded infrastruc-
ture,” he said.
Council’s camping, cara-
vanning and recreational vehi-
cle (RV) policy, enacted in
December, allows for a mini-
mum nightly charge at district
campsites of $5 per night.
Council will next introduce
a $5 nightly fee at the new RV
park at Barmera’s Bruce Oval,
set to begin in the near future.
An honesty box imple-
mented by the District Council
of Loxton Waikerie (DCLW)
last November at its Moorook
camping ground raised almost
$16,000 in about eight months.
Camping at Martin Bend now costs
$5 per night per site under the Berri
Barmera Council’s new camping
policy. Council said campers have
responded well to the change.
PHOTO: Will Slee
Martin Bend campers happy to pay
4 - “THE MURRAY PIONEER” www.murraypioneer.com.au Friday, January 3, 2014
By PAMELA PERRE
Locals and tourists taking to the
river this summer are being reminded
that drink driving can be just as fatal
on the water.
The South Australian Police (SAPOL)
Water Operations Unit will patrol along
the River Murray these summer holidays
and conduct random breath tests, drug
screening tests and safety equipment
SAPOL Murray Mallee local service
area Inspector Kylie Walsh said a 38-year-
old man had already been reported for
driving a boat with a blood alcohol read-
ing of 0.091 at Morgan this week.
“It’s a real concern that there are peo-
ple on the river who are exceeding the pre-
scribed concentration of alcohol and don’t
have the appropriate safety equipment,”
“Given that we’ve had three drown-
ings in the river in the past 12 months we
would be encouraging everybody on the
river to abide by the boating regulations
and safety requirements.”
Insp Walsh said boating on the river
was a “fabulous experience”, but could be
“deadly” if people were unsafe.
“Although you’re not in a car it doesn’t
mean you don’t have to be just as sensible
or responsible,” she said.
“Being out in a boat, or being a pas-
senger or someone being towed by a boat,
you actually need to have all your faculties
and a good sense of judgement.
“It is equally as dangerous as driving
on the road.”
The South Australian Police Water Operations Unit are patrolling the river this summer
By ALEXANDRA LOKAN
Berri Barmera councillors recently
approved a camping policy for the
district after months of wrangling over
A camping, caravanning and recreational
vehicle (RV) policy – which will see a mini-
mum nightly charge of $5 apply to campers
in RVs and caravans but exclude campers
in tents – was adopted in December after
changes were made to the draft in Novem-
The policy was put to public consultation
in March and has been tabled and resurrected
by elected members a number of times while
they sought to make amendments.
A formal motion to stop debate on the
policy and force a vote saw the policy adopt-
ed in a 5-3 breakdown at council’s ordinary
monthly meeting on Tuesday night.
The minimum nightly charge and exemp-
tion for campers in tents continued to be a
point of difference between councillors, but
environmental services manager Gary Brink-
worth told councillors at Tuesday’s meeting
that it could be revised at any time.
Councillor Andrew Kassebaum said he
opposed a policy which excluded campers
from paying for use of council campsites.
“If we’re happy to be charging it should
be applicable to everyone,” he said.
“By doing what we’ve done no campers
are going to be charged at all.”
Cr Mike Fuller urged caution when it
came to calculating rates for individual
“People are not coming into the town to
pay exorbitant rates,” he said.
“We need camping.
“We’re trying to attract travellers into our
towns (because) the tourists are driving past
towns (that) don’t have what they are looking
Mayor Peter Hunt said he believed it was
the right time to begin charging, as many
other councils now do.
“Five dollars is a start,” he said.
“It’s better than nothing.
“The game has changed so much – these
caravans have everything in them.
“Back in the day they needed toilets and
showers, but now they have everything on
The camping policy will be used as an
overarching document to help council clas-
sify campsites in terms of amenities offered,
duration of stay and any nightly costs on an
Police patrol the water and remind us...
It still counts
on the river
Nightly fees adopted in new Berri Barmera camping policy
Berri Barmera Council
is yet to act on a motion
to charge $10 per night
at popular Berri camp-
site Martin Bend.
The motion, raised by
councillor Trevor Chapple
in October, was adjourned
in November and acciden-
tally left off the agenda for
December’s ordinary coun-
The matter will be on
the agenda for this month’s
meeting but will need to be
resurrected via a motion
to bring it back to the table
Council resolved in
December that an honesty
box be placed at Martin
Bend, with an alternative
option to pay camping fees
at the Berri Visitor Infor-
mation Centre, should it
decide to charge a nightly
Council considers $10 Martin Bend fee
are facing greater
scrutiny as the state’s
focuses on inaccurate
price boards in the
Acting Premier John
Rau said South Austral-
ia’s consumer watchdog
will be on the lookout
for service stations try-
ing to rip off motorists
by not being accurate
with their price boards.
“The State Govern-
ment has implemented
new regulations to
address public concerns
about the way fuel pric-
es are advertised,” Mr
“From January 1
signs need to clearly
display the true price
of fuel, before any dis-
counts are applied.
“Petrol stations will
be obligated to sell fuel
at the price displayed
on the signage – if they
do not, they will be
Mr Rau said corpora-
tions could be hit with a
$6000 fee while individ-
uals may face a $1200
“This is about greater
transparency and fair-
ness and will be easier
for everyone – what you
see is what you get.”
Motor Trade Associ-
ation of South Australia
spokesperson Liam Hunt
said that the new regula-
tions and Fuel Industry
Code are a win-win for
consumers and for the
independent retail serv-
ice station sector.
“The MTA has
worked with the govern-
ment to develop these
regulations so they are
workable for both con-
sumers and the service
station sector and we
welcome their com-
mencement,” Mr Hunt
and enforcement of the
new price board regula-
tions means that there
will be a level playing
field for all service sta-
tions displaying their
“And more impor-
tantly, consumers will
be able to make their
purchase decision based
on the true retail price
of fuel and not through
meeting the fine print of
a discount scheme.
“This is a sensible
solution which will also
help improve the com-
petitiveness of the retail
fuel market in South
Spotlight on dodgy fuel prices in the new year
Consumers should benefit from new regulations which require service
stations to prominently display the price of fuel before discounts are
Loxton library lures more visitors
Tourists and visitors from
outside of the district are now
accounting for 4 per cent of
loans from the Loxton Public
Library, after the One Card
network was launched in
October last year.
The network allows library
members to borrow and return items
at any library in South Australia and
order items to borrow from a state-
Loxton Public Library manager
Karen Rubarth said the network was
benefiting both locals and visitors.
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