PROJECT ENERGISED: Main Street, Alstonville, is about to receive a major upgrade.
PROJECT ENERGISED: Main Street, Alstonville, is about to receive a major upgrade.

Main street upgrade to power ahead

WORK to upgrade Alstonville's main street is expected to start within two months.

Country Energy this week agreed to split the cost of placing the powerlines underground with Ballina Shire Council.

The project has been held up because the council could not afford the estimated $1.4 million cost for electricity works.

The budget for the entire main street project is just $2 million.

Cr David Wright said the delay was 'no one's fault'.

“The money is in the budget,” Cr Wright said.

“Now that we're moving forward with Country Energy, it's all looking good.”

Country Energy regional manager for the Far North Coast, Brian Glawson, said they were committed to helping Ballina Shire Council with the street upgrade.

He said it was 'extremely expensive' to put the powerlines underground.

Country Energy is expected to spend $500,000 on the project.

“We are having a more detailed meeting with the council on Thursday (today) to discuss the project,” Mr Glawson said.

“Our budget and the council's budget are not going to extend to be able to do all the work straight away.”

The first stage will involve moving the sub-station from the main street to the car park. High voltage powerlines will then be the first to be put underground.



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