Construction Commences on Scheme to Reduce Murray Bridge’s Reliance on the River Murray

As Scheme Project Manager for the $14.23 Million Murray Bridge Stormwater Management and Reuse Scheme, Southfront was thrilled to see the commencement of construction of the Gifford Hill Storage Lagoon, which was marked by the official turning of the sod ceremony on 10 June.

Southfront Senior Engineer Brett Shuttleworth coordinated the ceremony, which was opened by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment Senator Simon Birmingham, and also attended by Murray Bridge Mayor Allan Arbon and Council’s Chief Executive Officer Peter Bond.

The Scheme is being delivered by Murray Bridge Council, in partnership with the Australian Government, the Murray Bridge Racing Club and the Gifford Hill Joint Venture and is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Urban Water and Desalination Plan. The Scheme aims to reduce the City’s reliance on the River Murray and decrease its potable water demand by up to 172 megalitres per year.

It will also improve the water quality in the River Murray by reducing pollutant loads discharged into the river as well as improve the performance of Council’s existing stormwater drainage system. The appearance and use of the city’s recreational facilities will be enhanced by providing the community with irrigation to parks and sports fields.

Stormwater will be collected from existing flood mitigation basins within Murray Bridge and transferred to a new 110 megalitre lined storage lagoon at Gifford Hill. The stormwater will then be treated and distributed for irrigation of parks and sporting fields within Murray Bridge.