River Murray flood recovery will be focus of two public events next week
The women of the Lower Murray irrigation areas will get together on Monday, while all community members are invited to a public meeting in Murray Bridge on Wednesday.
Seven months after the peak of the River Murray floods, how are we going – as a community, and as people?
Two events next week will give locals an opportunity to reflect.
First, on Monday, women who live or work on the Lower Murray’s floodplains are invited to a special get-together in the name of community-building.
Long Flat farmer Alexandra Westlake described it as a “purposefully curated community event”, and perhaps the first of several for the Women of the Lower Murray River Irrigation Areas.
Farmer and mother Bec Smith and community leader Kate Martin will come and speak about the heartbreak, strength and resilience they experienced in the wake of a 2019 bushfire at Yorketown, on the Yorke Peninsula.
There will be coffee, cake and plenty to chat about at the 1924 Riverfront Steakhouse from 9.30 to 11.30am on Monday.
Community flood meeting announced
Meanwhile, all community members are invited to the Murray Bridge Performing Arts and Function Centre – the town hall – from 6pm next Wednesday, August 9, for a public meeting about the flood recovery.
Recovery coordinator Alex Zimmerman and agency representatives will provide updates on:
The Lower Murray’s levees
The de-watering of the floodplains
Primary producer grants
It will be the first community flood meeting to be held in Murray Bridge since March.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Watch a live stream of the meeting: Visit www.recovery.sa.gov.au from 6pm on Wednesday.
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