The Rural City of Murray Bridge Council met on Monday, 9 November, and considered the progress we have made during the first quarter of this financial year.
In very difficult times, it was a terrific reminder of the role that Council plays within the community and of the impact that it can have.
During the three months to the end of September 2020 we have been able to deliver $8.7m in capital works.
These are projects that are dramatically changing our community - from the Adelaide Road town entrance, to the major expansion at the Lerwin Aged Care Facility and the progress that was made at the Swimming and Rowing Centres.
It wasn't long ago that our total capital spend was only $10-$11 million per year but our strong financial management and partnership with State and Federal governments means that for a second year in a row we will be investing more than $40m in the long term future of the community.
And we are doing this while remaining well within our budget with financial reports showing favourable results in total expenses, our operating result and key project expenditure.
The final stages of the Adelaide Road Linear Park project was also discussed as Council agreed to progress a partnership with Tyndale Christian School to develop a space within the Linear Park near the entrance to the school.
Some initial ideas for the space include a public meeting space or an installation designed by students from the school.
Council is looking forward to further information and some design proposals being brought for its consideration in the near future.
For some time now Council has taken a strategic approach to the expansion of the Secondary Freight Network within the Rural City of Murray Bridge.
Several key road segments, identified as high priorities for use of Roads to Recovery and other funding, are now complete or in progress. These include works on Jarvis Road, Pope Road and Hoadville Road.
Council approved allocation of a further $972,614 received from the Federal Government through its Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program for the next priority being the construction and sealing of Maurice Road between Old Princes Highway and the Boral Quarry entrance.
Having been ably supported by Cr Fred Toogood in 2018/19 and Cr Wayne Thorley in 2019/20, I am delighted to announce that Council appointed Cr Wayne Thorley as the Deputy Mayor for the next 12 months.
It is great to see events starting to return as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
I am looking forward to celebrating all that is great about our region during the coming months with the Christmas Festival and Pageant, the Sixth Street Handmade Makers Markets, New Year's Eve and SPLASH all providing a great excuse to get out and enjoy our wonderful lifestyle.