WORK is underway to extend natural gas supply to Huntly.
Gas distribution network owner SP AusNet on Wednesday began initial works to expand its underground natural gas network to Huntly.
Program manager Geoff Thorn said about 580 Huntly residents would have the choice of tapping into the system by winter next year.
“The 31st of May next year will be when we fully commission all of the system up there but people will hopefully be able to connect from Christmas time,” he said.
“We’ve done the pre-start safety induction which is about getting all the guys on site to make sure they’re all aware of all the issues they’ll need to follow – things like site cleanliness, traffic management, and those sorts of things.
“The intention was to start work on Thursday but we went to the actual starting point on the Midland Highway and there’s some additional traffic management issues we need to consider at that location so, unfortunately, now we’ll probably start Monday.”
A community information session will be at the Huntly Memorial Hall on November 7.
“The event will be at 6pm and it’s designed to go for about an hour and will include a question and answers session,” Mr Thorn said.
“That will be about providing information for the people of Huntly so they can make a decision to suit themselves about whether they connect to gas or not.”
Mr Thorn said the company was committed to delivering the underground gas network on time, safely and with minimal disruption to locals.
“During this construction phase, we’re committed to minimising any disruptions to residents and safely delivering natural gas to their properties,” he said.
“Importantly, SP AusNet thanks the State Government for its support in bringing natural gas to Huntly through the Energy for the Regions program and we look forward to connecting more Victorian’s ...""