Overview of Infrastructure

The region straddles key interstate transport routes the Sturt Highway to the north  and the Dukes Highway to the south, with Murray Bridge and Tailem Bend located on a major arterial road and rail link (a junction connects to standard gauge lines terminating at Loxton and Pinnaroo). Power, gas and water is reticulated to much of the region. Most areas are covered by regional mobile phone coverage. Media and communications reach widely over the region.

Water quality issues have been addressed and filtration plants have progressively improved the quality of town-use water in the Murraylands. Irrigation has improved as operators have responded to directives to reduce water diversions, improve infrastructure and to reduce drainage water return and pollutants to the River Murray. Improvements have resulted in productivity gains for irrigators linked with sustainable environmental controls. Water is diverted from the River Murray by pipeline to augment water supply to Adelaide. The region beyond the River Murray is dependent on groundwater and aquifers are readily accessible.

Transport infrastructure continues to be a priority for the region on several levels. Passenger transport arrangements are inadequate, and government policy indicates little change in the current level of provision. The cost of road development and maintenance is creating an enormous burden for local government, reducing the ability to allocate budgets to other areas. Rural airports are becoming increasingly important for regional development. The RDA M&R has identified and is working toward the delivery of a number of key transport projects that will provide benefit to the State economy, in particular the upgrade of the Renmark airport, and the provision for the next South Australian non-metropolitan airport facility at Monarto. Other key transport projects include the Monarto Logistics Hub and the Adelaide Freight (rail and road) Bypass.