Rural City of Murray Bridge continues to plan for future

The Rural City of Murray Bridge met again on Monday, February 8, only two weeks since our last due to the late meeting in January.

Once again, we had plenty to consider including the second quarterly report on progress against our Annual Business Plan.

The report was approved, and is now available on our website, providing detailed updates on progress against the commitments made in the plan.

In particular, the report highlights the work at Sturt Reserve, continued improvement of Adelaide and Swanport roads and completion of the major redevelopment at Lerwin Aged Care Facility.

The report presents a terrific summary of the progress we are making as Council to deliver on our commitments to the community and I would encourage everyone to find some time to read it.

Council also approved a draft Community Land Management Plan for the historical buildings and land in the railway precinct.

This land was purchased from State Government by Council last year and the draft plan has been developed with the objective of conserving and maintaining the historical railway buildings for the community's appreciation and understanding of the importance of rail history to the development of the region and the value of this historical site.

The plan has been drafted with input from the Murray Bridge Historical Society and will now go out for public consultation before being finalised. Again, copies will be available on our website.

Council has been very active and supportive of our youth in recent times and last night we appointed a representative to the Youth Action Committee, a sub-committee of Council's Community Advisory Committee which meets each month.

Cr Andrew Baltensperger has supported the work of the YAC since 2019 but has now stepped aside.

I would like to thank Cr Mat O'Brien for taking on the position last night and wish them and the YAC well in their deliberations this year.

Council also noted correspondence from the Electoral Commissioner of South Australia approving the Final Representation Review Report which was endorsed by Council at its meeting on December 14, 2021.

This means that Rural City of Murray Bridge will retain its current representative structure, namely that Council will retain the existing no ward structure and the existing representation levels of an elected mayor and nine elected members.

It has been a wonderful last couple of months for Council with our New Year's Eve and Australia Day events and the launch of many of recent initiatives such as the Sturt Reserve War Memorial Park, the Murray Bridge Regional Rowing Centre and the public road infrastructure supporting the Thomas Foods International redevelopment.

More work will come to completion over the next month and I look forward to further celebrating as our community grows and develops.

Brenton Lewis, Mayor,

Rural City of Murray Bridge