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THE iconic Paringa Bridge,
providing a vital passage between
two Riverland towns for decades,
celebrates its 90th anniversary
Renmark Paringa Community
Museum administrator Russell
Holdsworth reflected on the
bridge’s history and said it contin-
ued to be one of the landmarks of
“The bridge has been the lifeline
of Renmark Paringa since it was
opened in 1927,” he said.
“A lot of business we get to the
museum come here primarily to
watch the bridge be raised.
“Even though we as locals may
take it for granted sometimes it’s
still interesting to a lot of people.”
Despite the bridge’s age, Mr
Holdsworth was confident the
structure would remain operational
for the foreseeable future.
“I’ve heard talk about a bypass
or a new bridge but that has been
going on for the past 20 years or
so,” he said.
“Regardless of what happens the
bridge will remain, it still needs to
open to let river traffic pass by.
“I think it will always be a tour-
ist attraction, far better as a work-
ing attraction than a static one.”
While many locals admire the
bridge, Mr Holdsworth said it was
difficult to organise a celebration
for the anniversary.
“I proposed the idea of a morn-
ing tea or gathering but a lot of
people weren’t interested because
they view 90 as not one of those
significant dates, it’s not 50 or 75
or 100,” he said.
“While there doesn’t seem to be
a lot of physical interest we had
about 9000 hits on the Facebook
post regarding the bridge’s anni-
“I think a lot of locals have a
soft spot for the bridge. The
Riverland is a beautiful place and
the bridge is one of the many won-
derful things we have that no one
Looking ahead to the century
celebration, Mr Holdsworth hoped
more of a spectacle would be in
place for the bridge.
“I dare say there will be more
interest in the 100th than the 90th,
but 90 is still significant,” he said.
“Dates are important to me from
a museum perspective but when it
gets a little bit closer to that date
if nobody has planned anything I
“I’d like to think I will be
here for the 100th celebration
but perhaps not. I guess it’s my
opportunity to celebrate it now just
Bridge reaches 90th birthday
Celebrating the 90th birthday of the Paringa Bridge yesterday as the Julie Fay paddleboat passes underneath the bridge were Renmark Paringa Community Museum volunteers, back (from
left): Wayne Wilson and Arrum Wuttke. Front: Chris Betts, Peter Rankin, administrator Russell Holdsworth and Philip Heinrich. PHOTOS: Christian Longobardi
A DOG impaled on a fence has
avoided serious injuries after being
rushed to the local vet in the early
hours of last Friday morning.
The dog, which escaped the own-
er’s yard in fear of last week’s stormy
weather, unsuccessfully attempt-
ed to jump over a nearby fence and
was rushed to the Berri Veterinary
Hospital and Emergency Centre still
attached to the fence.
Dr Nicola Centofanti treated the
dog and said it was lucky to avoid
“I sedated the patient, so we were
able to manoeuvre both the patient
and the fence into the clinic from the
back of the police van,” she said.
“I then took a radiograph to ensure
no fractures or internal injuries were
present prior to anaesthetising the
patient and extracting him from the
“He is an extremely lucky dog to
have survived the impalement and not
had more significant injuries to major
nerves, arteries and bones.”
Dr Centofanti praised the decisive
action of those who found the dog and
the Loxton Police for bringing the dog
to the emergency centre.
“The people who found the dog did
an incredible job of thinking on their
feet to cut down the fence in order
to relieve the gravitational pressure
on the wound and they need to be
acknowledged and praised,” she said.
The owners have been seek-
ing a new home for the dog and Dr
Centofanti said he would be the ideal
“It would be amazing if we can see
has been through a lot and despite
all of this has been such an amazing
Local vet Nicola Centofanti said this dog was lucky to avoid serious injuries after
being impaled on a fence in Loxton last week.
Impaled dog gets all clear
The radiograph revealed that the dog
had no fractures or internal injuries.
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