Murray Bridge water slide should be free: poll

Hey: Murray Bridge Swimming Centre manager Barry Hutchison gives the new slide a thumbs-up. Photo: Peri Strathearn.
Hey: Murray Bridge Swimming Centre manager Barry Hutchison gives the new slide a thumbs-up. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

A survey of 177 Murray Valley Standard readers has confirmed what councillors suspected: a majority think Murray Bridge’s new water slide should be free to use.

Councillors last week voted to ditch a proposed $1 fee for rides on the 48-metre “supaslide”, which will be installed at the city’s swimming centre in time for this summer.

Their decision was backed by 82 per cent of people who completed an online poll attached to the story on The Standard’s website.

Dozens of people had reacted angrily to our original story about the proposed waterslide fee, saying the cost would make it cheaper to visit water-related attractions in Adelaide, even after taking into account discounts for multiple rides.

“Hasn’t even been built yet and already know we won’t be supporting it,” said one commenter.

But the condemnation had not been unanimous: “Not all luxuries in life are meant to be free,” said another.

A date has not yet been set for the swimming centre’s summer re-opening.