Constitutional Structure of the Association:

The Association operated as a Regional Subsidiary under the transitional provisions of the Local Government Act 1999 until December, 2001 with a formal Charter, agreed to by Member Councils, becoming effective on the 13th December, 2001. Further statutory reviews of the Charter have taken place with a new Charter gazetted on the 8th February, 2007.

For details of the Association's current Charter, please refer to the "Charter" button to the side of this commentary.

The Purpose of the Association:

As a Regional Subsidiary of the Member Councils, the Association has as its governing document, a Charter as provided for under the Local Government Act 1999. The purpose for which the Association has been established is to:

  • Undertake coordinating, advocacy and representational roles for it's constituent Councils at a regional level.
  • Facilitate and coordinate activities of local government at a regional level related to environment, economic and social development with the object of achieving continual improvement for the benefit of the communities of it's constituent Councils.
  • Develop, encourage, promote, foster and maintain consultation and cooperation and to strengthen the representation and status of local government when dealing with other levels of government, private enterprise and the community.
  • Develop further cooperation between its constituent Councils for the benefit of the communities in the region.
  • Develop and manage policies which guide the conduct of programs and projects in the region with the objective of securing the best outcomes for the communities in the region.
  • Undertake projects that benefit the region and its communities.

The Region.

The Region is located in the Murraylands Statistical Region in eastern South Australia and is dissected by the River Murray. It covers a large area in excess of 50,000 km2 taking in the areas from the Riverland in the north, agriculture areas in the central, west, south and east along the Victorian border, and south westerly to the coast and lakes.

Rural based communities throughout the area share a common interest in agriculture/horticulture, with towns primarily servicing the farming and horticultural communities and supporting a growing tourism sector. The Region has a population base of approximately 68,900.

The River Murray and its associated wetlands and wildlife, Lake Bonney/Barmera and a number of National/Conservation Parks, support a range of rare and endangered plant and animal species, and are major tourist attractions throughout parts of the Riverland and Mallee. Towards the coast, the Coorong National Park, Lake Alexandrina and the shores of Lake Albert are all well known tourist attractions, particularly for recreational boating and fishing.

The River Murray travels from the north, and passing through seven of the member Councils, flows into Lake Alexandrina in the south. It supports a number of tourist and recreation activities and a strong and prosperous industry base producing a gross region product of $3.05Billion and providing 27,653 employees a sustainable place to work and live.

With the regions diverse economy and strategic location serviced by the South Eastern Freeway, Princes, Dukes, Sturt and Mallee Highways, with the Berri (Loxton) to Murray Bridge Road providing a direct link diagonally across the Region; the region provides for resilience for its communities.

The MRLGA works closely with its major regional partners the Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland (RDA MR) and SA Murray Darling Basin NRM Board through the auspice of the SA River Murray Alliance.