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Plans unveiled for new $34 million Sturt Reserve upgrade

Further additions to the Sturt Reserve makeover include a riverside swimming pool, a grand staircase and a new home for the iconic Bertha the Bunyip.

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New plans to revitalise the popular Sturt Reserve in Murray Bridge has been revealed, with the $34 million makeover set to give the location a new breath of life.

While the plan was originally approved four years ago, the council added some finer details to the master plan, including an exciting river swimming pool and a new home for the iconic Bertha the Bunyip.

Further striking additions to the new reserve will see a grand staircase descending from the Bridgeport Hotel, easier access to the Round House with a pedestrian bridge, and the partial closure of Murray Cods Drive and Olympic Drive.

Carrying over from the longstanding plans will be a nature-filled playground, replacing the old play space and a visitor information centre.

The latest proposal also mentions plans to fence off the dog park at the back of Sturt Reserve. The traditional owners of the land, the Ngarrindjeri people, will be included in finer construction discussions of the upgrade further down the track.

Further revitalisation to the riverfront includes further shelters and benches, which will be completed by the end of the year. An additional $450,000 has been funded towards the wharf upgrade, with plans for the riverside to a tourist hub come 2022 and 2023

The enclosed river pool is the latest river trend to be incorporated into waterfront redo’s, with the bustling CBD River Torrens also set to feature a swimming pool adjacent to the popular waterway.

Councillors were set to approve the newest additions to the Sturt Reserve last night, with the finer details yet to be set in stone.

To find out more, visit the Murray Bridge council website.

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