Finals success prompts sealed road investigation

DISTRICT Council of Mallala will look into possible sealing options for roads coming into and surrounding Long Plains in coming months.

DCM councillor, Steve Jones, moved a motion at council’s meeting on Monday, September 23,  for council to provide a report evaluating all the options and comparative costings for sealed road access to the town.

The motion was carried.

In supporting his motion, Cr Jones said Long Plains had been a rural service centre over an extended period and was a “community focal point” for the region’s social and sporting activities.

“It is the last town/settlement within the DCM that does not have sealed road access, which could also provide potential for development and growth,” Cr Jones said.

Cr Jones attended the grand final held at Long Plains on Saturday and was blown away with the attendance.

“I was staggered with the amount of people there and had to park up to a kilometre away from the ground,” he said. “I had no idea about the number of people who gravitated to that place.”

The growing stature of nearby engineering firm, Sharmans, was another factor behind Cr Jones’ request for possible sealing solutions in the area, suggesting the sealing of a section of Powerline Road as a potential project, should traffic demands suit. He believed the potential benefits of sealing access to the town could help instigate residential and commercial growth, citing Thompson Beach as an example.

“Who knows what could happen if we seal a road there?” he posed.

Cr Jones said a number of studies would need to be carried out before any consideration of sealing could take place, to gauge traffic volumes and costs.

He believed grant funding from State and Federal Governments would be necessary to assist with those construction costs but the concept was well worth looking into.

“Hopefully we will see a report back to council this side of Christmas,” Cr Jones said.

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