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."