Murray Bridge water sport park rejected

Man with a vision: Adam Bruce at the site of a proposed cable water sports park next to the Murray Bridge.
Man with a vision: Adam Bruce at the site of a proposed cable water sports park next to the Murray Bridge.

PLANS to build a cable water sports park in Murray Bridge have hit a major snag as the Rural City of Murray Bridge's assessment panel voted not to approve the project.

Wakeboard instructor and business owner Adam Bruce - together win business partner Paul Daniel - have plans to build a cable water sports park next to the Murray Bridge.

Mr Bruce said the cable water sports park would be an entry point into activities such as skiing and wake-boarding for people in the region and would also attract visitors from around Australia to the town.

Plans include two lakes for water-based activities and a clubhouse.

The local council's five-person assessment panel met on Friday, November 13 with two votes in favour of the project and three against.

Mr Bruce said the news was disappointing but that he remained determined to see his dream become a reality.

"We haven't got the report back from the assessment panel, once we do we want to have a look at that and address any problems they had that stopped it from going through," he said.

"We want to continue to work with the council to get a successful project."

Mr Bruce said the developers had worked hard to tick all the boxes, including gaining approvals from government agencies including the Department of Environment and Water, the EPA - South Australia's independent environment protection regulator and State Heritage.

"This has been in planning for years," he said.

"It was assessed rigorously by government departments through the referrals process ... moving forward we are looking at all options and we want to try and work with council to hopefully get a success outcome for the project.

"It must be said support from the council has been unbelievable ... I think this project fits in with the council's vision for the town and the riverfront."

Cable park: A concept image of the proposed Bridge Watersport Park.

Cable park: A concept image of the proposed Bridge Watersport Park.

Rural City of Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis said the news the project stumbled at the assessment panel meeting last week was disappointing.

"It's very disappointing ... it was a comprehensive application and it's unfortunate it did not get up," he said.

Mayor Lewis said he encouraged the developer to appeal the decision.

"The application was one we (council's planning department) approved and in my opinion, it should be approved," he said.

Mr Bruce thanked the public for the support the project had so far received.

"The public support has been phenomenal ... support has been good from Murray Bridge in general and we got support from all over the state, interstate and even overseas.'