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IN a “bittersweet” move, the
Murray River Queen (MRQ) staff
will farewell their Waikerie home
this Sunday to embark on their next
The boat will be towed to Renmark
and dry docked in the coming months
to undergo renovations, before it
operates as a floating restaurant and
accommodation facility at the town’s
wharf by mid-September.
While the MRQ receives a makeo-
ver, its staff will run a temporary pop-
up restaurant at the community-owned
The move comes more than two
years after MRQ’s owner Matt Major
submitted a proposal to the Renmark
Paringa Council to move the boat
from Waikerie to Renmark – a plan
met with strong resistance from some
community members in Renmark.
Mr Major said the Waikerie com-
munity had strongly supported the
business during its stint in the town.
“We’ve built a lot of friendships
and relationships in Waikerie,” he
“It is bittersweet to be moving on
to the next chapter. We’ve had a lot
of positive feedback in terms of a lot
of people coming in and wishing us
The three-storey boat will be reno-
vated while its staff operate out of the
Berri Club, with the boat scheduled
for towing from Waikerie to Renmark
“The MRQ needs to go through
renovating with a dry docking proce-
dure, which means it will be out of the
water for about four to five weeks,”
said Mr Major.
Mr Major said he was always con-
fident the plan to end up in Renmark
“There was an administrative pro-
cess that we had to go through to be
granted permission to moor at the
Renmark town wharf,” he said.
“We had the belief and the faith
that the product we were offering
would really add to the tourism indus-
try in Renmark.
“We’ve stuck to the plan the whole
way through, we’re very excited about
the future of operating in Renmark
and looking forward to starting in
Mr Major said the MRQ already
has many customers throughout the
“We’ve had a lot of customers drive
from Renmark to Waikerie,” he said.
“We’re really excited to bring the
experience to Renmark and I think
we will be well received based on the
feedback so far.”
He said he expected the pop-up
restaurant at the Berri Club would
be popular among locals and would
give the club a boost amid some hard
“Several months ago we made a
decision to find another premise to
operate a pop-up restaurant while
we’re renovating,” said Mr Major.
“We looked at several different
venues and approached some of them.
“When we read in the Pioneer that
the Berri Club were in some potential
trouble and might not be able to con-
tinue operating, we thought it was a
good fit for us to go in and deliver our
menu, so when we leave they have a
new menu to present.
“Their new board, chairman and
manager were excited at the prospect
of bringing a new cuisine into their
The pop-up restaurant, called The
Queens Kitchen, will operate seven
days a week at the Berri Club from
Wednesday, May 17, until Sunday,
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MRQ’s arrival fast approaching...
The Murray River Queen will serve its final customers in Waikerie this Sunday,
before it is renovated and towed to Renmark later this year.
The Murray River Queen’s pop-up
restaurant, The Queens Kitchen, will
operate out of the Berri Club starting
Paringa man pinged
A PARINGA man, 35, will face court
after being caught not wearing a
seat belt, then arrested for refusing
to supply his details and driving
Just before 12.30pm on Tuesday, a
police patrol stopped the man driving
on Meander Avenue, Renmark, after
police noticed he was not wearing a
The patrol spoke to the man who
allegedly refused to provide his name
and address and attempted to walk
away from the patrol.
He was arrested and charged with
driving without a seat belt, refusing
name and address, resisting arrest
after he struggled with police, and
driving without a licence.
He was bailed to appear in the
Berri Magistrates Court on Tuesday,
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