Stage 1 of the Sturt Reserve Redevelopment – the Recreation Precinct was officially opened by the Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP on Wednesday 23 February.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the $3 million Sturt Reserve Recreation Precinct Project was supported by the Federal Government via a funding grant of $1.35 million from the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

“The Recreation Precinct includes the Murray Bridge Regional Rowing Centre, surrounding landscaping, shared paths, lighting, the pontoon, the Murray Cods Memorial, Trail Head and a new community shelter.”

“This project delivered economic benefits through the use of local suppliers and contractors and delivered important employment outcomes, supporting 16 jobs during construction, and another four ongoing jobs.” Mr Pasin said.

“I pride myself on being able to deliver projects that make the Murraylands an ever better place to live, work and raise a family.”

“The riverfront at Murray Bridge truly is transforming into a showpiece and world class leisure destination. I look forward to seeing further development completed this year.” Mr Pasin said.

Mayor Brenton Lewis said the redevelopment of the riverfront will transform the heart of our Rural City and establish Murray Bridge as a destination of choice to live, work, invest and play.

“The Riverfront Redevelopment is the result of extensive research, public engagement and planning. For years our community has dreamed of a vibrant riverfront and now, in partnership with Federal and the State Governments, the Rural City of Murray Bridge is in a position to put its vision into action.”

“The redevelopment of the riverfront at Murray Bridge will see Sturt Reserve transform, become a centre of activity and a powerful source for community pride.  The completed works will set the scene for the significant transformation of Murray Bridge and establish it as a destination of choice to live, work, invest, do business, study and holiday.”

The Australian Government committed $1.35 million and the Rural City of Murray Bridge provided the remaining $1,650,000 toward this project.

The Next stage of the Sturt Reserve Redevelopment is developing the History & Tourism Precinct which has received a federal government grant of $1.5 million via the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program.