Recycled water project will grow plants along Swanport Road

The state government has committed $540,000 to works along one of Murray Bridge's main thoroughfares.

Swanport Road will soon get greener thanks to a million-dollar water recycling project.

Irrigation pipes will be installed along the recently revamped main road after the state government committed $540,000 to the project on Tuesday.

Water drawn from Murray Bridge’s wastewater treatment plant at Brinkley and pumped from Nankeri Tapatawangk, the SA Water pumping station at Swanport, will be used to water roadside vegetation.

In time it will be used on six parks and reserves, as well.

The government said the project would create $1.57 million worth of economic benefits, encourage active recreation, enhance vibrancy and improve community pride.

The Murray Bridge council will be required to match the state funding in order to get the work finished by the end of the year, adding to the landscaping, kerbing and other improvements it had already completed over the past two years.

The Swanport Road water recycling project was one of 57 across South Australia to receive funding through the $106.9 million Local Government Infrastructure Partnership Program.

Other projects will include a $3.9 million revitalisation of Strathalbyn’s town centre and $900,000 worth of upgrades to 13 dangerous intersections in the Coorong district, mostly along the Mallee and Dukes Highways.

State Treasurer Rob Lucas said the spending would transform and enhance communities across SA.

“This program is an immediate and targeted cash injection that will deliver long-lasting, tangible benefits for families and communities in every corner of the state,” he said.

State MP Adrian Pederick commended the councils which had developed shovel-ready projects to take advantage of the funding.

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