HUNTLY residents excluded from the program to extend natural gas into the area are collecting signatures for a petition.
“They say gas is coming to Huntly, but it’s not coming to all of Huntly, only selected parts,” O’Sullivans Road resident, Sandra Forge, said.
Gas distribution network owner SP AusNet began initial works to expand its underground natural gas network to Huntly on October 9.
Mrs Forge said there were about 60 houses near her which were missing out.
Mrs Forge and fellow Huntly residents Jenny Tuohey and Tom Foreman approached local government members, SP AusNet and Origin Energy, and were told they will have to pay for the cost of extending the pipeline to their property.
Their next step is to visit households around the area collecting signatures for a petition to extend the gas pipe to all of Huntly.
Mrs Tuohey said it was unfair and unreasonable to expect only some residents of Huntly to pay for the pipeline.
“I was told it will cost $10,000 to get to my place,” she said.
“They are putting it into all the new developments around her because it’s easier, while we, taxpayers, miss out.”
Mrs Forge was also told the pipeline may be extended to their area in the future.
SP AusNet’s program manager Geoff Thorn said the government’s route was developed to connect densely populated areas of the town first.
"Homes or businesses outside of the initial route are welcome to apply for connection to the natural gas network," he said.
"We encourage them to get together with their neighbours and others in the street to register an application to a natural gas retailer.
"The gas retailer will then contact SP AusNet to assess the economics of the mains extension and a response will then be provided...via that gas retailer."
SP AusNet will be holding a community information session on the project at the Huntly Memorial Hall on November 7.