Stay safe, stay home this Easter
With some of the most picturesque holiday spots along the Murray River, the Mid Murray district is a popular destination for campers and holidaymakers.
But this year, the Mid Murray Council is calling on visitors to delay their holiday – and for a very good reason. The State and Federal Governments are urging people to avoid all non-essential travel to stop the spread of the deadly COVID-19.
Blanchetown Community Hub hours change
Opening hours have been reduced at the Blanchetown Community Hub in line with the Federal Government’s restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Mid Murray public toilets and campsites affected by COVID-19 closures
Public toilets and some Mid Murray campgrounds are the latest facilities to be affected by closures in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Libraries to close in COVID-19 shutdown
Library services within the Mid Murray district will close from today (Thursday) after tough new restrictions were announced by the Federal Government on Tuesday to further cut back on public gatherings to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Pools, Visitor Centres and Museums among COVID-19 closures
Visitor information centres, local museums, pools, leisure and activity centres in the Mid Murray district will close from Tuesday, 24 March to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
New COVID-19 response in Mid Murray
New protection measures rolling out across Mid Murray to Combat Coronavirus.
Additional protection measures are being enacted across the Mid Murray district in response to the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Mid Murray Responding to COVID-19 Threat
Media Release - 17 March 2020 - Mid Murray Responding to COVID-19 Threat
Purnong Water Regatta to showcase our magnificent Murray
The inaugural Purnong Water Regatta will showcase everything Murray River on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March at the picturesque township of Purnong (25 minutes from Mannum).
Dancing by the River at Mannum's annual Hot Rod Show this Sunday
If you love our magnificent Murray River, cars and rock n roll dancing, Mannum is the place to be this Sunday for the annual Mannum Hot Rod Show in aid of the Mannum Hospital Auxiliary.
Live rock ‘n’ roll entertainment with the ‘Rythmn Cats’ and DJ Jess and hot rods, classics and customs of all shapes, sizes and colour will overtake the magnificent Mary Ann Reserve.
PS Marion cruises, food stalls and an undercover riverside dance floor.
Car registration is $10.00 and entry is only $2.00 and children under 14 are free. 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Proceeds to the Mannum Hospital Auxiliary.
For further information www.mannumhotrod.org or contact the Mannum Visitor Information Centre on 85691303
or Leon Warhurst on 0408 813 905 or email@example.com.
Media Release - 4 March 2020 - Dancing by the river at Mannum's annual Hot Rod Show
Community Grants Now Open
Community organisations with plans for programs, services, events and projects that will benefit the Mid Murray district can now apply for between $1000 and $5000 in extra funding support.
Applications are open for groups to share in funds through Round 2 of the Mid Murray Council’s Community Grants program for 2019/20.
Three programs are currently open for applications:
- Small Community Grant – up to $1000
- Community Event Grant – up to $2000 (50% contribution required)
- Community Project Grant – up to $5000 (50% contribution required)
Over recent years, the scheme has supported organisations to design and deliver popular events, create services and programs to better connect communities, and pay for improvements to local facilities.
The program offers financial assistance to help develop, grow and implement exciting initiatives in the district’s local communities.
Applications for Round 2 close 31 March, 2020. Sorry, late applications are unable to be accepted. For more information, application forms and criteria click here.Media Release - 27 February 2020 - Grants open to support Mid Murray Communities
$1 Million Boost to Economy, Community Projects
Mid Murray Stars in International Film
Mid Murray’s stunning scenery and iconic locations to star in a new television movie.
The German production company Schiwago Film GmbH has partnered with Adelaide’s own 57 Films to produce a 90 minute film, the finished film will put our district on the screens of millions of European viewers.
Filming at various locations across the Mid Murray is currently underway. The community will have a rare chance to see some behind-the-scenes movie action at Mary Ann Reserve, Mannum, during the week commencing 8 February 2020.
Please see our Media Release for more information.
Drought support funding a boost for Mid Murray
Tour Down Under - Event Information
See the event notification document below for event and traffic control information.
Mental Health boost for Mid Murray
Mental health is set to be given a huge boost across the Mid Murray Council area – with the district also shortlisted for a chance to secure a phenomenal 10-year, $3 million package of mental health funding and support.
Mid Murray announces Australia Day award winners
A long-serving volunteer firefighter, a passionate young teacher, a talented 8-ball player and an event that
helped raise the profile of mental health have been honored in the Mid Murray Couns annual Australia
Mid Murray ready for Tour Down Under
The Mid Murray district is ready to shine in the international spotlight when one of the world’s top cycling races rolls into town later this month.
Mannum Institute upgrade takes shape
A $182,000 upgrade of the historic Mannum Institute’s ground floor has been completed, as the building prepares to be reactivated in 2020.
Mid Murray on the Move! - Economic, Tourism & Development News
An initiative of the Mid Murray Council, this newsletter is about promoting and sharing economic, tourism and development news that is occurring throughout our region.
New playground, riverfront upgrades to rejuvenate Mannum's Mary Ann Reserve
Mary Ann Reserve is being made safer and more enjoyable for river users and residents with the first stage of works now underway.
Community Reference Group appointed to guide Animal Management Plan Review
A veterinarian, vet nurse, former dog breeder and a passionate animal advocate will work with the Mid Murray Council to help shape the future of dog and cat management in the region.
Changes to Morgan Riverfront Houseboat Mooring Zone
Community input has helped refine improvements to houseboat mooring on Morgan's popular riverfront.
Public Bin Banks - Gone for Good!
The last public bin banks in popular Murray River holiday communities at Brenda Park, Pelican Point and Scotts Creek will be removed in a bid to stop illegal dumping and improve waste management.
Community Opportunity to Help Shape Mid Murray's New Animal Management Plan
Mid Murray residents will soon have the chance to have their say on how to improve the management of dogs and cats in the district.
Council Shares $40,000 in Grants to Help Deliver Mid Murray Community Projects
From community Christmas carols to barbecue fundraisers and supporting emerging local athletes to compete on a world stage – 31 organisations and individuals from across the Mid Murray district have been given a helping hand.
River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve is first in Australia
The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has officially named the new River Murray International Dark Sky Reserve, in South Australia’s Mid Murray district, as one of the most magnificent places on Earth to see the night sky.
Photography supplied by:
@row_an_james @row_an_james @asymmetricalshots
Morgan Boat Ramp to Remain Open for Summer
Further upgrades to improve the gradient of the Morgan Boat Ramp and install new pontoons will be carried out after the peak summer season to minimise disruption to river users.
Trains, boats and engines to bring Morgan alive next weekend
Morgan will certainly be alive on the 16th and 17th November with the biennial Morgan Living River two-day festival.
Traditionally a celebration of putt putts lining the magnificent riverbank at Morgan, 2019 will also remember the 50th anniversary of the last train to depart Morgan, the Duchess of Gloucester.
Putt putt, wooden boats and engines will be on display, live riverbank entertainment, one hour cruises offered by the PS Marion and PW Oscar W and a PS Marion 3.5 hour lunch cruise on Sunday 17th celebrating the 25th anniversary since her recommissioning.
$2.00 entry and children under 12 free, proceeds to the PS Canally restoration project and Morgan community projects. Saturday 16th November 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. and Sunday 17th November 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
For further event information contact the Morgan Visitor Information Office on
85402643 or www.morganlivingriver.com.au.
An Artistic Journey of Love
AFL Star to Join Mannum Fun Run and Walk
State Government Signs on as Murray Coorong Trail Partner
Morgan Riverfront Changes to Improve Houseboat Mooring Zone
Solid Waste Levy Impacts and Mid Murray Dump Fees
Palmer Hot Rod Street Party
Palmer will come alive on Sunday 6th October (October long weekend) with sounds, colour and chrome of Hot Rods, Classics and Customs at the annual Palmer Street Party.
Nestled in the Adelaide foothills, join the Bear Rock Rodders and the Palmer community from 10am to 4pm for this popular event with live entertainment featuring DJ Jess and the Rhythm Cats.
For further information contact Julie on 0407779972.
Cadell Celebrates 100 years
Last Trip for 2019 for the PS Marion
Sala Extended until the end of September
New Public Toilets For Greenways Landing
Northern Ranger service
Annual Business Plan and Budget
Supplementary election result
Cambrai pool update
Solid waste levy increase
ABP and Budget Update
Resource sharing win for Council
Battle of Strength at the 2019 SA Truck and Ute Show at Mannum
It will be strength -v- steel at the 2019 SA Truck & Ute Show at Mannum Sunday 9th during the June long weekend.
Adelaide strongman, Jordan ‘Biggie’ Steffens will attempt to pull a prime mover and B Double trailer set over 20 metres along River Lane and Mannum’s main street at this year’s event and is sure to delight the many visitors this event has attracted over the past 8 years.
This award winning event takes over the main street of Mannum and the picturesque Mary Ann Reserve with prime movers, utes and 4 WD’s of all shapes and sizes. The volunteers of the PS Marion will be offering one hour cruises and there will be live entertainment featuring Crossfire and Lee Brocky and the Outback Overdrive throughout the day.
The SA Truck & Ute Show presented by the Mannum Progress Association commences at 10.00 a.m. and concludes at 4.00 p.m. Entry is $5.00 per person and children under 16 are free.
For further information contact the Mannum Visitor Information Centre on 8569 1303 or visit www.satruckanduteshow.com.au.
Mid Murray Community Grants Round 2 List
Bowhill Kayak Fishing Competition - 17, 18 & 19 May (this weekend)
It’s time to dust off that kayak or canoe, grab your fishing rod and make your way to the second Bowhill Kayak Fishing Competition this weekend.
Record entries have been received for this unique event on tomorrow on tomorrow at the magnificent riverside town of Bowhill and there is still time to enter for this 3 day event and loads of prizes to be won.
Event registrations are $120.00 with entrants receiving over $60 worth of fishing goodies on entry, 2 evening meals and an opportunity to enjoy some of the best Murray River scenery on offer.
Event proceeds assist our returned veterans and the Bowhill Progress Association. For further information contact Shane McGrath on 0458440231 or the Mannum Visitor Information Centre on 85691303.
Draft ABP and Budget
Dark Sky Reserve a step closer for Mid Murray
Mid Murray Wins $568,000 For Swan Reach, Nildottie Trail Projects
Enjoy the Easter break and some riverfront fairs and events in the Mid Murray Council region
Over the Easter break, many of our river towns are conducting fairs and events on Easter Saturday including the Purnong's Trash and Treasure at the Purnong District Hall commencing at 8.30 a.m., the Swan Reach Easter Fair with markets, food and even a Dog Show commencing at 10.00 a.m. at Len White Reserve on the riverfront and Morgan's famous Lion's Easter Bazaar will be on again.
This year Morgan will have the Murray River Giant Pumpkin Competition on the magnificent Morgan Riverfront and the Morgan Lion's auction from 8.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.
On Easter Sunday Cadell are holding a Family Fun Day at the Cadell Tennis Courts and the Lutheran Church at Mannum will be presenting a free breakfast and live entertainment at Arnold Park from 7.00 a.m.
For more info contact the Mannum Visitor Information Office on 85691303 and the Visit Morgan Visitor Information Office on 85402643.
New Waste Collection Service For Shack Areas
Media Release - Priority Listing For Truro Bypass Welcomed
Classic and Electric Cars on Display at Swan Reach River Run Event
Classic cars from across the State will make their way to Swan Reach on Sunday 7th April for the second Swan Reach River Run.
Mid Murray Council Appoints New CEO
Visitors Double Under New Pool Partnership
Mannum Hot Rod Show 2019
Mid Murray Awards $3500 For Mannum Events, Swan Reach Sports Club
New Fuelling Station at Mannum Waters Launched
Cowirra To Connect To Wastewater Scheme
Community Shares Vision For Mannum Institute
Mooring Reminder To Houseboat Users
Lucky 13 For Mid Murray $1m Drought Fund
Cash For Splash – Mid Murray Allocates Federal Drought Assistance Money For Cambrai Pool
Cambrai’s Summer Pool Party Set To Make A Splash
Media Release - Mid Murray Awards $28,700 In Community Grants
Morgan Christmas Magic
Mid Murray Christmas magic is everywhere! The Morgan Christmas Fair and Pageant will be presented by the Morgan & Districts Lions Club on Saturday 8th December at the magnificent Morgan Riverfront.
This award winning Riverland event commences at 3.00 p.m. with loads of Christmas cheer at the riverfront fair followed by the Morgan Christmas pageant which sets off through Morgan’s heritage filled streets at 6.15 pm concluding in a spectacular fireworks display at 9.15 pm, Live entertainment with Highway One and Santa will be there with gift bags for the kids.
The Morgan community love showcasing their town and the pageant is a must with amazing floats and Morgan’s community creations at their best!
All Steamed Up - A Fantastic Success
Mannum was certainly all steamed up on the Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November with the celebration of boats, blacksmiths, engines and steam.>
The 2018 All Steamed UP event attracted 9000 visitors over the two days with heritage paddle steamers and private paddle, wooden and classic boats lining the picturesque Mary Ann Reserve. May heritage vessel volunteers made the long journeys to Mannum including he PS Oscar W from Goolwa and the PS Industry making the trip down from Renmark. Mannum’s PS Marion and PW Mayflower joined the celebrations along with the largest congregation of blacksmiths in South Australia including 37 volunteers from the South Australian Artist Blacksmith Association and visiting international blacksmith John McLellan from California.
Mayor Dave Burgess officially launched the replica Shearer Steam Carriage project on the Sunday and highlighted the amazing efforts of Doug Baker who has lead the replica project over the past two years.
“We are extremely fortunate in our Council region to have so many wonderful volunteers as without them we would not have seen such a magnificent event this weekend”.
“The inventive genius and commitment of Doug Baker, Bruce Weir-Smith here today and the many volunteers involved in the replica carriage project to bring the project to life today is truly outstanding.”
“We certainly look forward to the day the car is operational and we see Mannum’s engineering heritage operate down the Main Street of Mannum as David Shearer did 120 years ago.”
“I would certainly like to thank the many volunteers involved in the All Steamed Up event and the Building Betters Regions fund for their support.”
Engine displays of all shapes and sizes lined Arnold Park next to the ferry and the Museum opened its doors as part of the vent with outdoor drag saw demonstrations, the iconic Key Beam Engine steaming in the Randell Steam Shed and the All Steamed UP interactive display was moving fasting than the many boats on the water on the day!
Steam traction engines moved around Mary Ann Reserve and we even saw a Steam Truck make its way down Mannum’s main street to the delight of many visitors.
There were vintage and classic car displays, Mannum rowers challenging paddle boats, high speedboat displays, steam trains, all was need was aeroplanes and they would have had it all.
Mannum was certainly the Echuca of South Australia on the All Steamed Up weekend celebrating Mannum as the birthplace of the paddle steamer the PS Mary Ann in 1853 and Australia’s first steam carriage with a differential by David Shearer in 1897.
Mannum and the Murray River was certainly showcased with a story in the Sunday Mail and Brenton Ragless and his family visited the event and sent for a cruise on the PS Marion. Brenton loves steam engines and had a chat with our steam volunteers including Ian ‘Johno’ Johnson in the Randell Steam Shed.
A big thank you to our many volunteers involved in this event and we look forward to the 2020 event!
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Mid Murray Council Announces First Heritage Lisitings
Fresh Frenzy Makes Big Impact In Schools
Council And Truro Association Call For Fast-Tracking Of Truro Bypass
Mannum Institute Open Days
Award-Winning Starclub Program Backed to 2021
2018 Palmer Hot Rod Street Party this Sunday
Cambrai Pool Set For Repairs, Extended Hours
Efforts Continue To Secure Doctor For Morgan
Council Purchases Historic Mannum Institute, Plans to Reopen to Public
Council Increases Northern Ranger Service
Council Supports Murray Cod Restock
Grant Secures Mannum Men's Shed Expansion
SALA Festival Mannum "Water - Our Life Source"
Mid Murray Children's Development Program Invited to Present on National Stage
Mannum invaded for Game Obsession Expo this Sunday
Mid Murray Community Plays Role in Final Mary Ann Reserve Concept Design
NAIDOC Week Celebrations 8 - 15 July 2018
Solid Waste Levy Rise Should Fund Local Waste Initiatives, says Mid Murray Council
Bowhill Kayak fishing Competition
Learn a Language from a Universe Far Far Away at the Mannum Game Obsession Expo
Mid Murray Council Calls for Action on State Government Compliance Costs
Proactive Carp Disposal Plan Considered by Mid Murray Council
The Story of Anne Frank Comes to Morgan
Community chips in to begin Palmer Nature Playspace development
Remarkable Women Touring Across Australia
Mannum’s Women of the River Country exhibition has been travelling across the Murray Darling Basin for the past 3 years and was launched at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery on 4th May 2018.
It was wonderful to see the Great Grandson of Captain William Randell at the launch, Toby Forwood and his wife Mimi (pictured). Captain William Randell built the first paddle steamer on the Murray River at Mannum in 1853, the PS Mary Ann. Mary Ann Reserve at Mannum was named after the PS Mary Ann and the vessel was named after William’s mother Mary Ann Randell who is also profiled in the exhibition.
The Women of the River Exhibition will be on show at the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery until the 10th June 2018 and will then make its way to the Australian Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour, Sydney from the 20th June to the 20th September 2018 which is an amazing coup for the volunteers and staff of the Mannum Dock Museum who produced the exhibition.
For further information contact the Mannum Dock Museum on 85692733 or visit www.psmarion.com
Sedan Swap Meet - Sunday 17th June 2018
Sedan Swap Meet is now one of the biggest in SA…. Last years’ event attracted thousands of people. A local event with something for all the family with sellers travelling from across the board and the State on the look-out for rare and vintage items.
It is not only an event for motoring enthusiasts…. Sedan Swap Meet brings out retro, antique and bric a brac treasures.
Unique bric a brac and farm items, local farm produce, as well as plants, arts and crafts and hand-made items also feature,
For further information – Dennis McCarthy on 0427 120 640
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
A Cruising Jazz Christmas in July
Celebrating Christmas mid-year is now a culinary tradition we can enjoy on board the Paddle Steamer Marion as she cruises the magnificent Murray from Mannum to Bowhill in July.
Whilst cruising with Jazz as the paddle wheel turns and the steam whistle roars, a sumptuous traditional Christmas fare cooked on board will be served culminating in a homemade pudding just like Grandma makes.
Two luncheon cruises are scheduled with the first departing Saturday 14th July at 11.30 a.m. from Mannum where you will listen to the melodic sounds of All 4 Jazz, a traditional jazz quartet on the top deck followed by a superb buffet luncheon presented by Chef Derek on the original wood oven creating the tastes like Grandma use to make.
You will arrive in the picturesque township of Bowhill around 3pm where a bus will await to return you back to your departure port in Mannum.
For bookings and further information contact the Mannum Visitor Information Centre on 85691303 or www.psmarion.com
Works To Begin On Historic Morgan Wharf Remediation Project
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Mid Murray Opens Consultation On 18-19 Business Plan
Award Winning Mid Murray Council Supports STARCLUB Success
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Day on the Farm at Cordola
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Media Release – Juxtapose Exhibition profiles works of award winning junk artist at Mannum
The Arnold Gallery at the Mannum Dock Museum is alive with vibrant colour and contrasting effect by local award winning junk artist Steve Oatway.
“Juxtapose” brings works close together for contrasting effect with a touch of retrospect.
Steve Oatway believes his exhibition is a reflection of a quote by guitarist Pat Metheny, ‘I’m always trying to find ‘connections’ between things. That art is the juxtaposition of a lot of things that seem unrelated but add up to something recognisable”.
A breathtaking collection of sculpture, vibrant colour and innovation is on show until the end of June with Free Entry at the Arnold Gallery, Mannum Dock Museum, 6 Randell Street Mannum, Open 7 days. www.psmarion.com