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 and the most recent Charter was gazetted on the 5 March, 2020.

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:

  • work with the Local Government Association of South Australia in achieving its aims and objectives;
  • provide strong advocacy speaking with one voice on what matters most to the communities of the Constituent Councils;
  • work together to make the best use of available resources;
  • build partnerships with those who can contribute to stronger and more sustainable communities;
  • develop and implement a robust Annual Business Plan consistent with the intent of the Strategic Plan;
  • to undertake coordinating, advocacy and representational roles for its Constituent Councils at a regional level;
  • to facilitate and coordinate activities of local government at a regional level on behalf of our Constituent Councils;
  • to develop, encourage, promote, foster and maintain consultation and cooperation and to strengthen the representation and status of local government;
  • to develop further cooperation between its Constituent Councils for the benefit of the communities in the region;
  • to develop and manage policies which guide the conduct of programs and projects in the region;
  • to undertake projects that benefit the region and its communities;
  • to facilitate and coordinate collaborative procurement activities for the collective benefit of the Constituent Councils [and other non-Constituent Councils];
  • to maximize the benefits of collaborative procurement through developing and implementing procurement policies and procedures; and
  • to improve financial sustainability of the Constituent Councils by improvement of operational efficiency in procurement and process management.

The Region.

The Region is captured by the Statistical Region of South East - South Australia and is dissected by the River Murray. It covers a large area in excess of 36,000 sq km, taking in permanent horticulture in the north, agriculture areas in the central, west, south and east along the Victorian border, and encompasses annual horticulture crops and animal production heading south westerly from the border to the coast and lakes.

Rural based communities throughout the area share a common interest, with towns primarily servicing the farming and horticultural communities and supporting a growing tourism sector. The Region has a population base of approximately 73,000.

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 $3.91 billion and providing 32,343 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 and with the Berri (Loxton) to Murray Bridge Road providing a direct link diagonally across the Region; there is good access to markets and connections that help sustain social and economic cohesion.

The MRLGA works closely with its major strategic partners the Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland (RDA MR) and Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board.