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New bypass plan for AGL

Monday, 20th May, 2013

City Council is to consider allowing power company AGL to drive a bypass road through the city’s common for its proposed windfarm site at Silverton.

The track would turn north from the Adelaide road on the city’s outskirts, run 1.4 kilometres across the Willyama Common and join up with the Silverton road, just past Horsington Drive.

Its aim is to keep trucks carrying heavy and oversize loads for the construction of the windfarm off the city’s streets, particularly Rakow Street and Brookfield Avenue, said Council, which is the manager of the Willyama Common Trust.

The bypass would also prevent city traffic from being disrupted.

Some Silverton residents have expressed concern at the affect the construction traffic would have on the Silverton Road and the tourist trade.

AGL will be charged a fee for its use, which is expected to be about $3000 a year, and would be granted a licence to use it for five years, subject to State Government approval.

An extraordinary meeting of City Council will be held on Wednesday to consider a recommendation that AGL be granted the licence, given the importance of the windfarm project to the city.

Construction of the windfarm is expected to begin in March next year.

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