Mid Murray council briefs, January 2020: dog registrations, drought funds and fitness

The Mid Murray council meets at Cambrai on January 21. Photo: Peri Strathearn.
The Mid Murray council meets at Cambrai on January 21. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Dog registration fees go up

It is unfair that ratepayers who do not own dogs are subsidising those who do, a Mid Murray councillor says.

Cr Simone Bailey made the remark at a meeting on January 21, noting that the council had made $80,000 from dog registrations in 2018-19 but spent closer to $191,000 on dog and cat management.

Councillors voted to increase the cost of registering a dog in the district from July 1.

Desexed and microchipped dogs will cost an extra $2.50; those which are not will cost $5 more.

Discounts will continue to apply in special cases, including for pensioners.

Those fees were likely to keep increasing over the next 10 years, a staff member suggested.

Trio will help spend $1 million

Three councillors will help decide how $1 million of federal drought funding should be spent in the Mid Murray district.

Peter Raison, Jeff Hall and John Forrester will comb through action plans prepared for each town in the district over the past year and recommend projects which might be eligible for the funding.

Councillors will approve a list of projects at their February meeting.

Hundreds getting fitter

More than 500 Mid Murray residents have got involved in recreational activities as a result of a partnership between Mannum Leisure Centre, PHAT Fit and Reclink SA.

Over the past six months, the partnership has introduced people to dragon boating at Mannum, started kayaking sessions there and at Swan Reach, and begun an over-50s exercise program at Mannum and Nildottie.