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LAP Brochure

Last modified:
Tuesday 16th August 2016


LAP Brochure

Bounded largely by the aquatic and riparian environments of the River Murray from Blanchetown to Mannum, the Mid Murray LAP Region is characterised by majestic cliffs and floodplain wetlands, each of which are occasionally incised by agricultural holdings and communities of itinerant and permanent shack dwellers.

These characteristics together with its close proximity to Adelaide make the Mid Murray LAP Region a preferred destination for nature/river based tourism. The result is a small resident population that swells dramatically during holiday periods with an influx of visitors.

The main townships of Blanchetown, Swan Reach, Nildottie, Purnong and Mannum support various dryland and irrigated agricultural enterprises, and a thriving, buoyant tourism industry. Combined these industries make a significant contribution to both Regional and State economies.

Prior to European settlement in the 1830s, indigenous occupation of the Region is believed to have exceeded some 27,000 years, with a tribe known as the Ngaiawang replacing an earlier tribe called the Tartanga around 7,000 years ago. Unfortunately the Ngaiawang were displaced as the 'tentacles' of European settlement took hold.

Today the Mid Murray LAP's small resident population (about 4,000) can expand and contract tenfold with an influx of shack dwellers, tourists and itinerant workers.

Irrigated horticulture is the prime agricultural production activity in the Region and comprises in excess of 1600 ha of irrigated crops located mainly on the highland areas adjacent to the River valley.

Irrigation of permanent plantings started on a small scale in 1920 and grew gradually until the 1950's. Swan Reach and Greenways irrigation areas were developed during the 1950's and 1960's.

Complementing irrigated horticulture, dryland farming activities comprise a small but significant proportion of the agricultural profile within the Mid Murray LAP Region. In general, grazing occurs both on the floodplain and adjacent highland areas, the main concentration of which occurs north of Swan Reach on either side of the River valley. Sheep tend to dominate highland areas, whilst cattle generally are grazed the floodplain. Some intermittent grazing and cropping occurs south of Swan Reach.

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