Underground power for Alstonville

AFTER months of negotiations, Country Energy has signed an agreement with Ballina Shire Council to put the powerlines underground as part of the Alstonville main street upgrade.

The underground powerlines are expected to cost the council about $1 million less than Country Energy's first quote, although the whole main street upgrade will actually cost more.

Cr David Wright said construction work was likely to be held off until after Christmas to prevent any disruptions to the Christmas trade.

“Between now and early January we will be buying the pavers and the seats and things,” he said.

“We think the entire project is actually going to cost a bit more than we first thought - $2.5 million at least. It's also going to take a lot longer, but it's all going to be worth it.”

The power transformer which is currently outside the National Australia Bank will be moved to Elizabeth Anne Brown Park as part of the works.

Some of the 100-year-old bottles which were uncovered during work on the Alstonville bypass could be incorporated in public art murals.

Stage one of the upgrade involves Bugden Lane, the southern side of Main Street, the pedestrian access and upgrades to Freeborn Park.

Stage two - the northern side of the street and the roadworks - will be put off until the bypass work is complete.

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