Efforts to transform Murrabit’s stormwater network from an open drain system to an underground drainage infrastructure network will resume in mid-April with construction of the fifth and sixth stages of the project to occur.
The work, occurring Church, Laursen and Whiter streets, as well as the Murrabit Market site, will see these locations connected to the town’s new stormwater network, building on efforts that began in September 2021.
“Murrabit residents living along Browning Avenue, Danson Street and Gonn Avenue are already benefiting from the $1.1 million Murrabit Stormwater Project which has removed deep spoon drains that are conducive to disease-carrying mosquitos during the warmer months of the year,” Gannawarra Shire Council Chief Executive Officer, Tom O’Reilly said.
“The completion of the first four stages of this transformational project would not have been possible without funding from the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, with Council allocating $500,000 of the $2.636 million received from the third round of this program to ensure the entire Murrabit township is connected to the stormwater network.”
Following feedback from the community, Council will also plant trees along areas where stormwater works have occurred to beautify the township.
“Thanks to the removal of the deep spoon drains, there is now extra space throughout Murrabit to beautify its streets, which will enhance its reputation as an oasis on the Murray River,” Mr O’Reilly said.
“Council thanks the Federal Government, and in particular Anne Webster, Federal Member for Mallee, for supporting this project and looks forward to working with the Murrabit community in implementing these improvements.”
Council will continue to keep residents updated regarding the Murrabit Stormwater Project via its website, Facebook page, Gannawarra News and Gannawarra Connect.