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									                                                                7/7/06

                         INTERIM REPORT

                         MURRAY BRIDGE
*We are inspecting the town generally, this afternoon – and are also visiting
a number of CATEGORY PARTICIPANTS within Murray Bridge, and the
efforts of these category participants will also add to the town’s overall
points score.

We are seeing…
Murray Bridge Lutheran Homes, Duldig Road, July 7th
Rainforest Retreat, July 7th
Wally’s Bottleyard, July 24th
Murray Bridge Recycling, July 24th
St. Joseph’s School, August 7th
Murray Bridge North Schools, August 7th
Fraser Park CPC -7 School, August 7th
Murray Bridge South Primary School, August 8th
Murray Bridge High School, August 8th
Murray Bridge Christian College, August 8th

These Category participants are covered be a separate report.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA – where applicable

In assessing a complete town, we consider:-

   A. General appearance of the town. Including presentation and upkeep
      of all areas and aspects, such as shops, homes, reserves, buildings,
      roads, schools, businesses, etc. max 50 points

   B. Action by the community. Total impact of relevant clean up,
      beautification and development works by groups, clubs, the public,
      businesses, schools etc. max 25 points

   C. Works program. Covering the full range of relevant services
      provided by the Local Council or the Town’s Controlling Authority.
      Max 20 points

   D. Special Environmental activities, both physical and educational.
      Max 15 points

   E. Waste Management – Minimisation. Max 10 points

New initiatives, on-going programs and regular maintenance works, are
equally appreciated and recognised by KESAB, and climatic and geographic
influences are taken into consideration, together with the level of resources
which are available or which have been secured.
Environmental Action and Education, and publicity and promotional
activities are considered in judging, together with heritage and cultural
activities.

LOCAL AWARDS
KESAB can provide at no cost, metallic embossed Certificates of Merit, suitable
for local bodies to award to groups, schools, home gardens, businesses,
individuals, authorities etc. in recognition of special and on-going efforts, and for
well maintained premises and properties.

We believe a KESAB “Merit Award” sign could be used in rotation to recognise the most
improved premises or property, best gardens, community effort by a group or individual, best
presented or most improved business etc.

WATER CONSERVATION
*A WATER CONSERVATION CATEGORY was added to last year’s program, and
there are certainly relevant aspects WITHIN YOUR TOWN which could form the basis
of AN ENTRY – or you might implement activities which could be considered next year
– working TO LESSEN DEMAND on River Murray and other water sources.
Entries to be submitted direct to KESAB please, by September 22nd .
(LEAFLET ATTACHED – categories for Local Government, schools, Community
organizations, Commerce, Primary & Manufacturing Industry, etc.)

RECENT ACTIVITIES AND ITEMS OF INTEREST INCLUDE

RECYCLING OF HARVESTED STORMWATER
*Irrigation had been laid last year to the CEMETERY, from the Greenlands
Drive Catchment basin – now in use, reducing dependence on the Murray
* “Council also fitted a truck fill up point which will allow water trucks to
tree water, maintain and construct roads.”
* “Council’s private pumping main has saved 100,000kl of water this year
which is the equivalent of 44 Olympic size swimming pools”
*Through “closer scrutiny, good seasonal conditions and Aquaboost water
saving liquid” there have been “considerable savings on SA Water metered
reserves over this period”
*Desert Eco Water Saving System introduced to most PUBLIC TOILETS

MURRAY BRIDGE GARDEN COMPETITION
*Is now run by the SHOW SOCIETY

AMBULANCE CENTRE
*(FOUNDATIONS are underway for a new Centre)

HOSPITAL
*(NEW WING under construction)

CHRISTIAN RESERVE
*Netball COURTS EXTENDED – now also housing tennis – aided by Rec.
& Sport and City Council funding support.
YOUTH COMMUNITY SERVICES PROGRAM
* “Flower boxes have been completed and being placed around Bridge
Street with annual plants on display”
*On-going TREE PLANTINGS AND WATERING throughout the district
– (with “large scale” plantings planned for Rural Avenue Wetlands)

RURAL AVENUE WETLANDS
*A MAJOR WATER REMEDIATION Project – involving detention basin, wetlands system and
use of existing bore – (to eventually also provide recreational facilities)
*Spray work undertaken on slopes of DETENTION BASIN – (and F.A.Y.S. Youth Community
Services program to participate in plantings)
*Extensive plantings around the Wetlands system – with around 1,500 TREE AND WETLAND
PLANTS put in, involving Murray Bridge Christian College.
*Rabbit proof FENCING laid around wetlands – (with mulch to be spread to screen the bottom,
horizontal section of wire)

EDWARD SQUARE
*Summer annuals
*Winter annuals – representing 50th Anniversary of 1956 FLOOD – (with explanatory-nameplate
signage to be added)

RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT
*Continues on at a STRONG RATE – including new and in-fill locations.
*ALBERT PLACE sub-division – is filling in, with Council having taken control of Parks type
maintenance around 3 to 4 months ago.
*WATERFORD ESTATE – continues to extend
*Jennings PATHWAYS ESTATE – 40 allotments in first of 6 stages, stylish nameplate entry
walls.
*Old drive-in – LONG ISLAND ESTATE – roads and services installed, advanced street trees
planted.
*NAROOMA HEIGHTS – 39 allotments in Stage 1, south of Sturt Reserve.

RAILWAY BRIDGE
*Repainted by Council

P.S. MURRAY PRINCESS LANDING
*Has been CONSTRUCTED BY COUNCIL, just upstream from the Road Bridge – below the
Roundhouse – assisted by Grant Funds

STURT RESERVE
*B.M.X. track work
*(SKATE PARK to be constructed between the Rage Cage and B.M.X. track)
*(Low-lying central area is being filled in, to remove the basin)

TUMBELLA DRIVE DETENTION BASIN
*Has been RESTRUCTURED, with longer filtration process, prior to discharge to the river – aided
by 50/50 Grant funds
*(Further PLANTINGS planned)
WETLAND DEVELOPMENT
*(Is on the LONGER-TERM AGENDA, to run between Sturt and Long Island Reserves – using
Council-owned land)

CENTRAL IRRIGATION SYSTEM – AUTO CONTROLLED
*(Is BEING PLANNED for Parks and Gardens, with Community Water Grant secured for first of
3 Stages)

WHARF HILL
*The gazebo is now named the Port Mobilong Lookout – with signage including historic
“interpretive” photographs
*Other PLAQUES identify Swanport Granite, etc – detailing “significance of quarrying IN THE
ESTABLISHMENT OF S.A.”
*Officially opened by The Mayor, March 7th

PEDAL PRIX
*Set-up preparations were underway at the time of our Mid-September visit last year – with a 24
hour event to be staged a couple of days later.
*Attracts over 200 entries from around Australia, with 2,000 riders participating and an
AUDIENCE OF OVER 20,000
* “Council has secured the staging of this event for another 10 years with in kind contribution of
$60,000”
“The event is estimated to contribute to $3.2 million to the state economy”

MURRAY BRIDGE SHOW SOCIETY
*4 POLY TANKS INSTALLED to harvest rainwater – (to be used for toilets and irrigation of
Sheaf Toss etc. lawns)
*Assisted by Grant funds

SWANPORT SAILING CLUB & AQUATICS CENTRE
*($50,000 Grant funds secured for IRRIGATION UPGRADING)

EASTSIDE WELCOME
*Wording now spelt out in PAVERS – more practical – replacing hedging

NATIVE VEGETATION PLAN
*ANNUAL BUDGET provision of $21,000, for vegetation link up through direct seeding
*Carried out in June this year – “due to late opening rains with all but 2 sites germinating well.”

PLANET ARK NATIONAL TREE DAY
*Has been a LOCAL COMMITMENT FOR 5 YEARS – “with over 3,000 trees planted in 3
different locations”
* “Swanport Overpass has had 500 trees planted on the exit from the freeway beautifying this
entrance with over 20 volunteers contributing 50hrs “
*Involving students

SWANPORT WETLAND COMMITTEE
*Controlled poisoning of WILLOWS – drilling and dozing
* “Many School groups have participated in programmed activities including the making of bat
and bird boxes, lizard homes, tree planting, weed control and water monitoring”
*And the EDUCATION PROGRAM continues to grow – including the WETLAND WALK with
accompanying leaflet

WORK FOR THE DOLE
*Labour used for landscaping at COMMUNITY LIFESTYLES

COUNCIL WORKS PROGRAM
*Construct and seal of Fifth Street, Cypress Terrace, Florence Street, View Street, Greenlands
Drive, Avoca Road, Woodlands Road, Ashbrook Road.
*Plus STORMWATER detention-wetlands

SENIOR COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM
*Works include rubbish removal along major roads, and illegally dumped rubbish – weeding and
brush cutting – spreading mulch

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
* “Overwhelming”, on-going GRAFFITI REMOVAL program

KESAB ROADWATCH
*LIONS AND KIWANIS are registered participants

COMMUNITY GROUPS & ORGANISATIONS
*Council’s report lists a range of “groups involved in maintenance and establishment efforts,
ESPECIALLY RELATED TO THE ENVIRONMENT” :-
-Swanport Wetlands Group
-Murrundi Reserve and Wetlands Group
-Rocky Gully Wetlands Group
-Rural Avenue Wetlands School site
-Palmer Road Bush For Life Site
-Murray Park Bush For Life Site
-Morphette Park Bush for Life Site
-Callington Hill Grasslands Group
-Eastern Hills / Murray Plains Catchment Group
-L.A.P. – Local Action Planning Groups X 3
-Piawalla Wetlands Group
-Riverglades Ratepayers Group

RURAL CITY REVIEW
Some RELEVANT ISSUES covered in recent publications include:-
*Rural Ave Wetlands and Stormwater
*Road and footpath construction
*Discovering Captain’s Cottage
*River frontage
*Wharf Hill
*P.S. Murray Princess Mooring
*Mypolonga Primary School Craft Shop
*Healthy Wetlands, Rocky Gully
THANK YOU
*For your REPORT
*GOOD, ON-GOING PROGRESS AND ENVIRONMENTALLY RELATED INITIATIVES.

ASSESSMENT TIMETABLE
This is the 13th week of this year’s 23 week Statewide inspection schedule,
which began on March 27th, and will run through until the end of September
– with RESULTS TO BE ANNOUNCED ON 1ST DECEMBER.
As part of our rotational inspection schedule which allows us to see all
participating communities under a progressively changing set of climatic
conditions, we WILL REVISIT YOUR AREA A LITTLE EARLIER
NEXT YEAR, LIKELY TO BE AROUND MAY.

REPORTS ON-LINE
These reports are available on-line - www.kesab.asn.au/tidytowns - then click on reports

								
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