THE first stage of the Murray Bridge Recreation Plan has been accepted with the Murray Bridge council ready to consider how to fund the enormous project.
A number of changes were made to include more spaces and missed areas of interest such as the needs of the city’s horse lovers.
A council spokesperson said the plan promised residents a properly managed provision of sport, recreation and open spaces to meet their needs.
“The Sport, Recreation and Open Space Strategy has been developed to provide council with a policy framework to guide the identification, provision, development and management of sport recreation and open space services and infrastructure,” the spokesman said.
“The next stage is to go through the strategy and work on the actions that have been recommended.
“This will help us move forward to see what items need to be prioritised and to work out how to fund these proposals through the council’s budget setting process in forthcoming years.”
The spokesman said the overall aim of the plan was to enable more people to be more active, more often. “This will help with personal wellbeing, address healthy living challenges and – for the bigger ticket items – will help with tourism, economic development across the council area,” he said.
“All of this will be a boon for those who live, work and visit Murray Bridge and the surrounding rural communities.”
“Council is excited about the prospect of having a document that guides the future of sport recreation and open space as opposed to a reactive approach.
“The action plans outlines all the things needed to effectively plan ahead.”
The spokesman said the work recommended was dependent on funding and was separate from any council approval needed.
“All work recommended in the strategy is dependent on funding and will still need a separate approval from council,” he said.
“The plan was written deliberately so that most of the actions are achievable and the strategy doesn’t just sit on a shelf.”
Some of the items the plan has for Murray Bridge include an outdoor regional sporting complex, major upgrades to Johnstone Park and the potential for an indoor aquatic centre at Sturt Reserve.
The first stage of the Murray Bridge Recreation Plan is complete
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