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In the heart of South Australia's

Murraylands and Riverland Regions

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Economic Development

Natural resources are the foundation for, and strongly linked to economic and social benefits within the Mid Murray Council region. The economy is dominated by primary production (broadacre grains, livestock, horticulture, fruit, nuts and wine grapes) and both production and revenue from these industries and the secondary industries that depend on them are closely tied to climatic conditions.  Tourism has traditionally provided an important second source of revenue to the region.

Economic Development services are provided to Council by Regional Development Australia – Murraylands and Riverland Inc. which promotes industry to our Council area.  A prospectus for Mid Murray, ‘Ready for Business and A Place To Live’ is being finalised.  Council also provides funding for tourism promotion projects through Destination Riverland, Murraylands Tourism Partnership & Murraylands Regional Tourist Association.

Caravan Parks

The Mannum Caravan Park is managed by a Committee of Council and is regarded as one of the best parks in the State.  Profits from this park are used to upgrade the park and provide support for tourist promotional activities.  Discussions are taking place to enlarge the size of the park. 

Capital projects planned for the Mannum Caravan Park in 2014 include, cabin refurbishment, road, pathways and landscaping improvements and 2 new cabins and installation.

The Morgan Caravan Park owned by Council is leased out and Council has no operational control over this facility.

Special Events

Tourism is a major Council focus and a Tourism Action Plan has been developed to support and implement initiatives.  Council supports the Mannum and Morgan Christmas Pageants and other community events including the Swan Reach Country Music Festival, Mannum Truck and Ute Show and True Grit at Cadell.

Tourist Information Service

Council provides a tourist information service from a restored historic building adjacent Arnold Park Mannum.  It is run by a paid manager, and operated by many volunteers.  Tourist numbers visiting the centre grow from year to year. 

Mannum Dock Museum

Council is responsible for the operations of the Mannum Dock Museum Board.  This Board has under its care and control, the paddle steamer Marion, which is a State Heritage listed item.  A historic paddle boat dry dock forms part of the museum display.

A new interactive display “All Steamed Up” involving in interactive exhibition that outlines the challenges and mechanical operations of a heritage steam vessel on the river was launched on 5 March 2013.

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