Further works on Virginia’s $8.8 million main street upgrade have been rescheduled to maximise benefits to the local community, according to City of Playford (COP) mayor Glenn Docherty.
The undergrounding of powerlines last year made an instant visual improvement but not much else has, on the surface, happened since.
COP undertook extensive community engagement, partnering with the community to shape the concept design and secured external funding to support the project and is now negotiating with SA Water to connect the Virginia Main Street precinct to SA Water’s sewer network.
This would be done via a combination of gravity and pumping mains as well as other supporting infrastructure.
“The City of Playford is committed to completing the Virginia Main Street Upgrade, while maximising the outcomes of the project for the Virginia community for many years to come,” Mayor Docherty said.
“As part of planning for this project, these continued discussions have resulted in the need to reschedule the commencement of planned works, which will lead to a better community outcome, by not needing to put a sewer service in down the track”.
COP has completed the detailed design for the upgrade and has been successful in receiving an extension for its Places for People funding to allow more time to facilitate an outcome regarding the installation of an operational mains sewer system.
“Please be assured that work is taking place behind the scenes to bring you the best possible Main Street Upgrade we can, serving the Virginia community for many years to come,” Mayor Docherty said.
“The City of Playford thanks the Virginia community for their patience.”
Construction is anticipated to take 12 months, with a completion date of December 2021.
For further information on the Virginia Main Street Upgrade visit the City of Playford’s Engagement Hub: https://playford.engagementhub.com.au/virginia-main-street-upgrade/news/undergrounding-of-power-lines-to-commence