Murray Bridge council's draft strategic plan for 2020-24 focuses on riverfront, growth, services

One possible vision of Murray Bridge's future, a concept image from the Make It Yours campaign video. Image: Rural City of Murray Bridge.
One possible vision of Murray Bridge's future, a concept image from the Make It Yours campaign video. Image: Rural City of Murray Bridge.

Riverfront improvements, economic growth and better services are the three things people most want in Murray Bridge - and they want them right away.

So said residents at Make It Yours-branded community events throughout the district last year as the city's council gathered ideas for its 2020-24 strategic plan.

More than 570 people had their say at 21 community meetings and events.

What they wanted was a riverfront that was more active, with accommodation, recreation, tourism and on-water activities; more accessible, with better boat ramps, pontoons and docks; and more connected, within Murray Bridge and to other townships.

Other priorities for Murray Bridge's environment included beautified town entrances, more footpaths and walking trails, and solar panels on all council-owned buildings.

People also wanted to see sites identified for long-term future needs, such as a multi-sport complex or extra housing.

Along with attracting more investment to the district, the council's economic priorities will include the establishment of "business hubs or co-working spaces".

Under the heading "great people and lifestyles", the draft plan calls for more affordable accessible housing, more public art, and a community in which newcomers, the young, the old and people of every background could live harmoniously together.

The council also pledged to keep advocating for "appropriate levels of transport" to Mount Barker and Adelaide.

Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis said the council was currently consulting residents about the draft plan to "check we got it right".

After all, he said, it would guide more than $1 billion worth of investment over the next four years.

"We need to ensure it benefits our community in a positive way, providing jobs for locals and encouraging our youth to see they have a future here," he said.

The riverfront was also a key focus of the council's last strategic plan, launched in 2016.

  • Have your say: Visit letstalk.murraybridge.sa.gov.au, the council's office or Murray Bridge Library before February 29; or attend a public meeting at the council office at 6pm on February 24.