Comment sought on Murray Bridge council draft budget business plan

Rural City of Murray Bridge local government centre
Rural City of Murray Bridge local government centre

Rural City of Murray Bridge residents have until Monday, June 1, to make comment on the council's Draft 2020 - 2021 Annual Business Plan and Budget.

The plan and budget includes the Sturt Reserve Master Plan - Historic and Tourism Precinct, stage five and six of the Adelaide Road Linear Park improvements, Swanport Road Master Plan implementation, stage one of the Swanport Wetland project, the Murray Coorong Trail and the development of a Community Infrastructure and Transport/Freight Model.

There are also projects for better play spaces, more footpaths and new town entrances.

The council has budgeted to spend $45.2 million in the next financial year, which includes $31.1m on services and key projects and $14.1 million on capital projects - which includes $7m for new works.

The financially sustainable and significant investment is supported by a planned operating surplus, under-pinned by a rate increase of 1.3 per cent.

RCMB chief executive officer Michael Sedgman said the current economic environment had been taken into consideration for the next financial year Annual Business Plan and Budget.

"There has been considerable effort made to balance the needs of our communities with sustained investment in infrastructure and services," he said.

"We are confident that the programs, projects and services planned for the coming year not only contribute to our vision of Thriving Communities but also ensure a sustainable future.

"Revenue sources are outlined including the rate revenue council collects on your behalf."

Mr Sedgman said he encouraged every person to read the draft Annual Business Plan as it outlines steps towards reaching the longer-term goals of the council's Strategic Plan 2020-24.

To view the plan and provide feedback at letstalk.sa.gov.au, or send written submissions to council@ murraybridge.sa.gov.au or send to Chief Executive Officer, Rural City of Murray Bridge PO Box 421 Murray Bridge SA 5253

All submissions will be presented at a special council meeting on Monday, June 1, 2020 at 7pm with the meeting live steamed on the council's YouTube Channel.