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Big Plans Approved for Murray River Tourism


Two major announcements have been made for Murray Bridge tourism this week; the Sturt Reserve Master Plan and Bridge Watersport Park have both been given the green light for construction.

Planning consent has been granted for South Australia’s first water park, while the Rural City of Murray Bridge last night endorsed major $34 million plans for upgrades at Sturt Reserve.

The Sturt Reserve Master Plan includes a major upgrade of the historic wharf and tourist precinct with new docking facilities, a visitor centre, cafe and community parklands.

A swimming pool is also envisioned in the river (as seen in the concept design above), which would link up with a new play prectict.

Construction is already underway on a $3 million recreation precinct, which will feature upgraded parks, a new kayaking area.

Work is due to start soon on a shelter at Murray Bridge's wharf with remaining construction at the recreation precinct, which should be finished by the end of the year.

Further upgrades at the wharf will be the next priority to get underway in 2022 and 2023.

The Bridge Watersport Park has received planning consent to build a lake on the waterfront for a cable ski park and another lake for an “aqua park”, with a floating playground.

It follows the development panel knocking back the plans late last year, and approving revised plans early this year.

Bridge Watersports Park owners appealed the original decision in the Environment, Resources and Development Court, which has now granted planning consent with some changes made to flood prevention works, crowd management and landscaping.


Images supplied by RCMB - Concept design above shows artist's impression of  some of the planned for Murray Bridge’s wharf over the next couple of years. Image below is of the shelter at the wharf, soon to get underway and image at top: concept design for a swimming pool in the latest plan for Murray Bridge’s riverfront.