Mid Murray Council has one of the largest road networks of any council under its care and control. This significant asset is a vital service, connecting communities over an area of 6270 km2. The road network includes 345 kilometres of sealed road, 3,066 kilometres of unsealed roads and 21 bridges & major culverts. The current value of the road network is in excess of $86 million.
Road safety is paramount as a result unsealed roads are maintained continuously with three grading teams, some working 7 days a week. Annually, the Council removes encroaching trees and vegetation from approximately 150 km of rural roads and has a dedicated team to manage this issue in township areas.
There are a number of dedicated commodity routes within the Council area and extensive study and investment is made to ensure these roads are fit for purpose.
Parking & Footpaths
Parking controls exist within the Council area and Council staff monitor time restrictions. Footpaths range from natural surface, asphalt, concrete and streetscape paving and Council continues to improve and construct new footpaths on an asset renewal schedule basis. Kerbing, guttering and stormwater drainage continues to be improved and upgraded across the area.
Randell Street - Parking and the use of footpaths in the main street (Randell Street) of Mannum is always a balancing act between the passage of vehicles, pedestrians and use for business activities. This Fact Sheet details the current rules for car parking, use of footpaths for such things as outdoor café furniture and bike riding.
Council maintains 34 Boat Ramps including pontoons at various locations, 7 wharves, 4 jetties/boardwalks, the most significant wharf is the Morgan Wharf which has a rich history dating back to the early steam driven paddle boat days. An essential part of the recreational facilities provided and maintained by Council are boat ramp / launch areas including Caloote, Cadell, Blanchetown, Morgan, Mannum and Swan Reach.
Swan Reach Deep Mooring Facility: This new facility caters for the larger commercial river vessels, it has been constructed in the most efficient location for the reduction of unusable open space. The installation of the pontoon, gangway, piles, fenders and abutment have now been completed. Further works on the maintenance of the riverbank has been scheduled for September, with footpath works to follow.
Morgan Boat Ramp – The pontoon and gangway installation is now complete and adds a whole new look to the boat ramp. This facility is almost complete with the ramp relay due to commence in August and completed is estimated for mid-September, just in time to be fully utilized by everyone for those hot summer months.
Herrmanns Landing: This upgraded of this facility is now completed and ready for the public to enjoy, perfect for the family outing by the river. The completed facility includes a pontoon, shelter and seating area, irrigated lawn area and a BBQ facility. The facility also had some riverbank reclamation works to assist in decreasing riverbank erosion with the addition of mesh on the riverbank.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, some of our capital works projects have been unexpectedly delayed. However, we are still progressing with our scheduled projects and look forward to delivering them to the community to enjoy.
Mary Ann Reserve Playground: The upgrade of the Mary Ann Reserve playground has commenced as apart of Councils capital works. The new playground design includes new equipment that is disability inclusive, which makes having for a great family day out by the river. The playground will be completed and open for public by September 2020 including the addition of shade sales over the facility. Below is an artist’s impression of the completed playground design.
A number of significant Capital Works upgrades are planned across Mid Murray Council for 2020/21, including Marine Facilities improvement and new infrastructure for Morgan Boat Ramp and the upgrade of the Swan Reach Houseboat Mooring Facility.
Road upgrades, bitumen sealing of unsealed roads or upgrading the condition of existing sealed roads to improve and cater for larger volumes and large mass vehicles.
Road upgrades this year include Murray Lands, Purnong and Eudunda Road (over 17km in total); Resheeting of unsealed Roads, various locations throughout the council area, (approx. 28kms); Bitumen resurfacing of existing sealed road as part of Council commitment to renew our assets (12kms) along with footpath construction to improve accessibility for residents and visitors to our towns and over 600m of kerb/gutter and minor stormwater construction.
Drought Funding Projects: Council received funding through the Drought Funding Round 2 Program and Infrastructure were excited to be allocated six projects to complete at several locations throughout the region to better enhance communities. The six projects include:
- Caurnamont Camp Grounds Shelter
- Standpipe Renewal
- Truro Public Toilet Upgrade
- Zadows Landing Site Beautification
- Wongulla Shelters
- Footpath and Kerbing Improvements
Watch this space for updates and images of project progression and completion.
Infrastructure Services also contributes behind the scenes to Council’s many Events, including assisting Event Organisers with Event Permit Applications, Temporary Road Closures and the like (Event, Venue Hire & Stallholder Applications); is responsible for effective Waste Management, including Asbestos, Green Waste, Recycling, Household Rubbish Collection, the landfill facility at Cambrai along with a number of Transfer Stations across the Council area (Waste Fees & Opening Times); and the general day to day maintenance of Parks & Gardens, Street & Rural Trees, Roadways and Signage just to name a few!