Things to do in Murray Bridge: January 29-February 4, 2021

The 2021 Murray Bridge Rowing Regatta will go ahead, but without spectators. Thankfully there will be other ways to keep busy this week.

COVID is the gift that just keeps on giving.

Its latest blessing: an announcement from Rowing SA that this Saturday’s Murray Bridge Rowing Regatta will have to go ahead without spectators, in the absence of SA Health approval for a proposed COVID management plan.

“Spectators will be excluded from attending the event,” regatta operations officer Bec Lannan said on Rowing SA’s website yesterday.

“The uncertain timeline over a decision from SA Health ... was the main factor in this decision.”

It had got to the point where it would be difficult to put up fences around the event on such short notice, Ms Lannan said.

Murray Bridge Rowing Club’s annual race day is a big event in any year, but will have extra significance in 2021 as the first to make use of the new regional rowing centre which was just recently finished at Sturt Reserve.

Athletes, coaches, support staff and volunteers will all need to wear wrist bands to access the facility.

By all means, grab a glimpse if you happen to be walking along the riverfront on Saturday – but unfortunately, that’s as close as you might get this time around.

Let’s hope things are back to normal next year.


Mainly Music pool party: From 9.30am at Murray Bridge Swimming Centre. For children aged 0-5 and their parents and caregivers, morning tea included.

New Dawn exhibition opening: 2.30-4.30pm at the Coorong Gallery, 95-101 Railway Terrace, Tailem Bend. Collaborative exhibition by Natasha Kirby Sumner and Scott Bawden, with guest speaker Major Moogy Sumner. RSVP:


Murray Bridge Rowing Regatta: 8am-5pm at Murray Bridge Regional Rowing Centre, Sturt Reserve. Spectators to be excluded.

World Wetlands Day: 10am-12pm at Murrundi Water Reserve, Wellington. Learn about frogs, birds, bats and monitoring, see the opening of a new bird hide and shelter. Register: Call Jacqui Wilson on 0400 036 843 or email

Mannum Institute restoration reveal: 11am-3pm at Mannum Institute, 47 Randell Street. Take a 45-minute tour and view upgrades made to the 137-year-old building, express an interest in your community group using a room or volunteer to become a friend of the Mannum Institute. Register:

Roll Racing Adelaide: SOLD OUT.


Project Coorong science forum: 9.30am-4.30pm at South Lakes Golf Club, Goolwa South and online. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention and learn about First Nations knowledge, the ecology of the Coorong and Lower Lakes and climate change. Register: Visit to attend in person or for the webinar.


Murray Bridge Suicide Prevention Network annual general meeting: 5.30pm at Murray Bridge RSL. Join ex-Special Operations soldier Nathan Bolton as he bares all about his tours to Afghanistan and subsequent battle with mental health. Register:


The Personal History of David Copperfield: 5.30pm at Murray Bridge Library. Thursday night movie about the life of an orphan who triumphs over many obstacles, based on a book by Charles Dickens.

Community vision plan workshop: 6.30pm at Tailem Bend Football Club. Consultation on the Coorong District Council’s plan for 2021-25. RSVP: Call 1300 785 277 or email

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