The Rural City of Murray Bridge has entered into a new major partnership with the South Australian Government and two neighbouring regional councils with the aim of expediting the completion of a 450km walking and cycling trail that will showcase the Murray River and Coorong.
The Murray Coorong Trail project, initiated in 2015 by Rural City of Murray Bridge, Mid Murray Council and the Coorong District Council, will extend between Cadell in the Riverland and Salt Creek in the Coorong.
The 450km trail will link towns and popular tourism attractions throughout the region and will incorporate new and existing tracks through council reserves, Crown land and state-managed parks.
Four sections of the trail across the Murray River, Lower Lakes and Coorong districts are currently close to completion, following funding from the state government and the participating councils, and another 16 sectors are planned.
State Environment and Water Minister David Speirs, who visited Murray Bridge to announce the landmark partnership, said nature and heritage-based tourism injected $1.7b into the state’s visitor economy and described the trail as a ‘wonderful drawcard’ for tourists to the region.
The Minister said the State Government was committed to ‘creating and diversifying’ tourism opportunities in regional South Australia and that the trail was ‘a great example of activating our natural assets to enable economic development in our regions’.
Murray River Lakes and Coorong (MRLC) Tourism Development Manager Julie Bates said the State Government’s support was ‘an incredible coup’ for the trail project and for the region which has recorded a 25% increase in visitor numbers over the past six years.
Ms Bates said confidence among local tourism operators was growing ‘knowing that both government and private businesses are willing to invest in this region as a destination’.
The Murray Coorong Trail is the latest in a series of significant tourism investment announcements for the Rural City of Murray Bridge.
Zoos South Australia announced last month that Monarto Safari Park will undergo a $40m expansion and the $40m construction of a new six-storey four-star hotel on The Bridgeport Hotel site in Murray Bridge is in progress.
It is expected that the Murray Coorong Trail will be finished ahead of time following the State Government’s formal commitment to support the project.
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