Sturt Reserve redevelopment will hit new milestones this summer

The Murray Bridge council has revealed more details about the work being done on the city's riverfront.

Picnic tables and barbecues will be installed beneath this shade structure, which will be built at Sturt Reserve. Image: Aspect Studios/Rural City of Murray Bridge.

Parts of the redeveloped Sturt Reserve will be finished before Christmas, the Murray Bridge council says.

A new path and other works in the fenced-off area between Riverscape Food and Wine and the boat ramp, will be completed in the coming weeks, according to assets and infrastructure general manager Heather Barclay.

Barbecues and picnic tables will then be installed beneath a shade structure, pictured, to be built between Riverscape and the Murray Bridge Club early next year, subject to development approval.

On the other side of the community club, builders are close to finishing work on Murray Bridge’s new regional rowing centre, and an opening regatta has been tentatively scheduled for January.

New public toilets and more picnic tables will be installed on the lawned area nearby in the first half of next year.

That area had been used for Anzac Day services in recent years, but the opening of a new war memorial nearby means it will no longer be needed for that purpose.

However, the nearby boat ramp will stay, at least for now, after technical problems prevented the council from building a replacement at the southern end of Sturt Reserve.

Councillors voted in July not to demolish the current, single-lane boat ramp until a better alternative could be found.

The Murray Bridge council is currently seeking public feedback on its plans.

The council will spend $3.1 million on its redevelopment of the city’s riverfront in 2020-21.

Landscaping around the new war memorial and a restoration of the city’s wharf will be the first stages of work on a “history and tourism” precinct to be developed from 2021-22, the second of four main areas envisioned in a 2017 master plan for the riverfront.

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