It was terrific to once again celebrate Australia Day in this amazing community and to congratulate and thank a number of community members for their contribution to making it such a wonderful place to live, work and play.
And while it is easy to feel optimistic with the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations due to commence in February, Council is also aware that many in our community our still doing it tough.
For this reason, last week the Council approved an extension to the Covid -19 Financial Hardship Policy, extending the review date to December 2021 from the previously agreed December 2020.
The policy, based on Council's existing hardship provisions and delegations, has not been altered since June 2020 and has served its purpose very well over the last six months.
Council also received and considered a report proposing a budget allocation to commence a feasibility study to scope and develop concepts and costings for construction of a rotunda at Diamond Park.
The Council supported the proposal and upon completion of the feasibility study report on options and costs will receive a further report for consideration in future budgets.
Over a number of years, the Maori community in Murray Bridge has developed and there is a strong following for their annual Waitangi event which attracts both locals and visitors together for the day.
Positive feedback from the event, which has been held for the past five years, has given Council the confidence to again support the community with a grant to ensure the upcoming Family Fun day's success.
Following extensive consultation with local residents, Council will move to change traffic and parking controls near the Resthaven Aged Care Facility in Murray Bridge.
Council agreed to make Anerley Road a one-way street with the entrance at Verdun Road and exit on Marchand Street to eliminate any vehicle exiting Anerley Road onto Verdun Road and removing the risk associated with restricted vision from Anerley into Verdun Road.
This will be supported with the installation of additional "Yellow - No Stopping" lines adjacent residential driveways and construction of an all-weather paved footpath along the Resthaven side of Anerley Road.
Importantly, in response to community feedback, no additional parking controls, time-limited or otherwise, will be introduced in Anerley Road.
The Council will continue to work with local residents and with Resthaven management to ensure that these arrangements are effective in managing the traffic flows in the area.
On the topic of aged care management, Council was pleased to received the first set of minutes from the recently established Aged Care Governance Committee.
The Committee has been formed to provide expert advice on the operations of Lerwin Aged Care Facility under the new Aged Care Standards and Council is particularly pleased to have some independent expertise on the committee to support delivery of high quality aged care at Lerwin.
Brenton Lewis, Mayor,
Rural City of Murray Bridge