The social calendar for Murray Bridge has seemed to fill quickly as the various initiatives of the Imagine program continued to gain momentum over the past year, and there were times when people were spoilt for choice when it came time to decide what to see and do in the region.
One common face at a number of recent events has been Marketing and Community Development Manager Olivia Burke, from Burke Urban. Olivia has remained very active within the region and was asked to be the guest of honour at this year’s Australia Day breakfast celebrations, where she shared with the crowd her thoughts and experiences on the importance of having a sense of community.
Olivia was also part of the official proceedings at the 2012 Rotary Art Show held recently in March, and when asked to speak as part of the formalities she said she was delighted to see the community to come together and value such important local events.
“I felt honoured to stand as part of the community and speak of what we have achieved together, and it was an opportunity for me to acknowledge the great achievements on a local level that Burke Urban is proud to be supporting,” Ms Burke said.
Burke Urban was also instrumental in the success of the recital A Menagerie Of Music through its sponsorship support for this event, which was held in October at the Murray Bridge Town Hall. Created by local musician Jessie Budel who won the Initiative of the Year Award at the Murray Bridge 2012 Australia Day Awards, as well as Young Citizen of the Year, the event showcased Elder Conservatorium student composers and featured the classic works of Chopin and Bach as well as new works composed by the students.
The success stories continued when Burke Urban, The Rural City of Murray Bridge and Regional Development Australia walked away with two prizes at the prestigious Planning Institute of Australia - Planning Excellence Awards.
The Imagine Your Rural City 2020 program impressed the judges in the Public Engagement and Community Planning Award category, and they saw the program as setting the standard for best practice public engagement. Those efforts went on to earn an award-first commendation in the esteemed Minister’s Award category.
Extensive behind the scenes planning work continues on the Gifford Hill project to get the approvals and phased timing of construction right for the remainder of the development. More than $16.7 million has already been invested into Gifford Hill on land, track construction and a number of other project-related activities, with the development expected to achieve a population growth of over 10,000 people (3,500 lots) and create major employment opportunities centred around the new equine precinct.
Over the past year Burke Urban has made significant progress on this project and has been working closely with The Rural City of Murray Bridge, Regional Development Australia and Murray Bridge Racing Committee to forge a lasting legacy for the region for decades to come.
Burke Urban Managing Director Kym Burke says Gifford Hill will form an important part of that legacy and it is important to get the planning and project staging right in order to achieve success.
“Planning is of the utmost priority for a project of this size and importance and Burke Urban has been collaborating with all involved parties to ensure that Gifford Hill is delivered in the right stages and that the end result is remarkable and all parties are exposed to minimal risk.” Mr Burke said.
“Great projects like this take time but in my experience having patience always pays off – our Ascot Waters development in Western Australia is a testament to this and celebrated best residential Development in Australia in 2001.