All of our Rural clubs who are located on the Murray River have been hard at work preparing for the floods. Many clubs have moved their boats and other equipment out of their sheds to higher ground and prepare the shed as best they can. Councils have created levees to try and help also.
While many clubs have stopped rowing for a while now due to safety concerns for their members and equipment, there has now been an official order from the government that has temporarily banned any use of the Murray for the foreseeable future as waters continue to increase.
“An immediate ban on swimming, fishing, boating and other recreational aquatic activities has been imposed on the River Murray between the SA border and Wellington to protect infrastructure and the safety of river users and property owners.”
Despite the challenges, all of the clubs and wider community continue to band together and show strength and perseverance. Not only this but despite not being able to row themselves, clubs are still actively helping the rowing community. Such as Berri Rowing Club making the trip down to the Port River Regatta and 2nd Grade State Champs to volunteer and help out where possible. If you are interested in helping with any clean up efforts once the waters subside please put your EOI in below.