Murray Bridge bunyip must be saved, voters agree

Bertha the bunyip at Sturt Reserve. Photo: File.
Bertha the bunyip at Sturt Reserve. Photo: File.

Spending $100,000 on short notice to fix Murray Bridge's bunyip was a weighty decision for rural city councillors, but the right one, according to an overwhelming majority of votes in a poll by The Standard.

Of the 303 people who voted in the online poll, 258 – or 85 per cent – said she was an icon and had to be saved.

Only 45 people said the bunyip was too old and trashy to be worth the money.

Bertha will be back in her cave at Sturt Reserve in January or February, and visitors will no longer need a coin to entice her out of the water.