Adelaide Road linear park concept takes shape | POLL, MAP

A plan for a linear park along Adelaide Road, Murray Bridge has received widespread praise, but several key issues remain unresolved.

A council survey found 100 per cent of respondents supported the vision for the park, which will stretch from Maurice Road to Agricultural Road.

They especially liked the plans for more vegetation; a pedestrian and cycling path; and extra seats, lighting, shelters and bus stops.

Only 28 people completed the survey, council infrastructure and environment general manager Simon Bradley said in a report, but "the level of interest in the project was high".

However, three major points of contention cropped up: the location of a proposed toilet block and a new information bay, and access to Tyndale Christian College.

The group behind the White Hill Truck Drivers' Memorial wanted a new toilet to be built nearby, but residents did not, and Adelaide Road Motor Lodge owner Karen Milesi did not want it out the front of her business either.

The council has since come up with four potential locations and will start another round of consultation soon.

At a meeting on Monday night, councillors including Airlie Keen debated whether they could endorse the plan while such questions remained unanswered.

"This is a major project, a landmark project, and we need to get it right from the beginning," she said.

However, they voted not to put the matter off until August.

Instead they approved the plans in principle, but decided to discuss the problematic details at a private workshop.

Cr Andrew Baltensperger was among those keen to keep moving forward.

"This project should have happened 10 or 20 years ago," he said.

It will cost $1.7 million, plus an extra $150,000 if the cost of a new toilet block is included, and take five years to complete.

The reserve's lawns and gardens will then cost an extra $315,000 per year to maintain.

The council has budgeted for almost $640,000 of spending on the linear park over the next year, plus $400,000 on town entrances and $110,000 on a new entrance sign.

A median strip is also expected to be painted down the centre of Adelaide Road by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.


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