Riverland Post Convention Tour

Experience the Riverland with local Fellows

South Australia’s Riverland is the largest cohesive fruit production irrigation district in the Murray-Darling Basin with many diverse small industries developed to service it. Add in the tourism generated by visitors to the Mighty Murray, and you’ll find a fascinating region with many layers to discover. And what better way to do that than with a local Churchill Fellow.

Following the Convention, delegates are invited to join a group of Riverland Fellows in Loxton and Renmark for a free, one-day program of visits and presentations on Tuesday 24 October, organised by Ian Tolley OAM (CF 1965).

If you’re keen to hear more about the innovative work being done in a range of Riverland aspects, come for a day (or two) to this glorious part of South Australia.


Renmark Churchill Fellow, Ian Tolley OAM CF1965, arranged this free program and sets the scene:

Renmark, now with a population of 10,000, was the first Irrigation Colony in Australia developed in 1886, with the surrounding irrigation settlements of the Riverland following in the next two decades.

Fruit crop varieties include citrus; vines for wine and fresh market; stone and pome fruit; avocados with many small industries developed to service this multitude of horticultural treasures.

Tourism has become a major attraction based on and around the River Murray that winds through the Riverland spawning the first paddleboat industry in Australia. Visitor and tourist accommodation is widespread throughout this region.

The diversity of the region is reflected in the Churchill Fellows who will welcome interstate visitors to share their respective passions:

  • James Altmann mass rears biological control agents, only one of two for the whole of Australia.
  • Mark Bell has been developing business cluster facilitation.
  • Mike Harper is now a wetlands and waterfowl management expert.
  • Peter Magarey developed world famous management strategies to control downy mildew on grapes.
  • Ian Tolley is known worldwide for leadership in citriculture.
  • Michael Trautwein is a leader and developer of stone fruit varieties and marketing.

The self-drive program will begin at 9am in Loxton and then travel to Renmark for the remainder of the day’s presentations, concluding around 4.45pm.

Full program details coming soon.


Travel arrangements

Make your way to the Riverland region on Monday 23 October and stay overnight anywhere between Loxton and Renmark, arranging your own accommodation.

The drive from Adelaide to the Riverland takes 3-4 hours with many places of interest and alternative routes, so those attending may like to make it a leisurely drive and sightsee along the way. Detailed tourist information including brochures, maps and accommodation can be found here

The presentation team will also be delighted to share tips for activities, experiences and locations that might be of particular interest for those staying in the Riverland for a day or two longer.

Keen to come?
Please send an expression of interest to John Zwar OAM (CF 1978), member of the Convention Organising Committee, by Tuesday 17 October, by emailing us on [email protected] – please include Riverland Tour in the subject line.

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