Eastside 'not forgotten' but footpath will have to wait

Eastside 'not forgotten' but footpath will have to wait

THE Rural City of Murray Bridge has listed the range of infrastructure works that are planned for the Eastside of Murray Bridge, but a desire for a footpath on Mitchell Avenue will not be realised now.

Elected members were presented with a list of Murray Bridge East infrastructure projects for 2021-22 at the July meeting, following a move by Councillor Wayne Thorley in June.

Cr Thorley asked council administration provide a report on infrastructure works being undertaken during 2021-2022 within Eastside along with a list of proposed infrastructure works scheduled for 2022-2023.

Cr Wayne Thorley said he aimed to "highlight for our residents what we are doing and what we are considering doing."

Projected listed for attention this financial year included:

  • Upgrading the 'welcome' garden bed adjacent the RSL
  • Pitch upgrade at the Showgrounds to accommodate cricket, rugby
  • Raymond Road Reserve greening upgrade
  • Verandah at the RSL between the club rooms and bowling greens
  • Long Flat Road - Rehabilitation works
  • Lookout Drive - Installation of traffic control devices
  • Bow Hill Road - Single coat reseal
  • Mitchell Avenue - Tree planting
  • Avoca Dell - Riverbank Stabilisation Work
  • Thiele Reserve - Riverbank works-remediation
  • Murray Bridge East CWMS Investigation (Stage 2)

At the July meeting, Councillor Andrew Baltensperger asked about the status of a footpath project.

"For some time I've been inquiring about the possibility of a footpath on Mitchell Avenue, I don't see that listed here, I'm just wondering where that sits?" he said.

Chief executive officer Michael Sedgman said a footpath for Mitchell Avenue was discussed through the development of the business plan and budget for 2021-22 but work was needed to ensure appropriate drainage systems were in place.

"This year's business plan and budget finalises most of the draining works required to support the installation of a footpath on Mitchell Avenue, and it's a matter that will be considered by the elected members and council as part of its budget deliberations for 2022-23," he said.

Councillor Thorley said Murray Bridge East side residents "are not forgotten".

"The needed for footpaths is the biggest thing raised to me by residents ... I accept the CEO's response, we have raised it through out business planning discussions ... it's something we need to consider in a proper strategic way.

"A good footpath strategy is what they are asking."