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Time for projects to be delivered across Light

Time for projects to be delivered across Light

Light Regional Council Mayor, Mr Bill O’Brien is looking forward to delivering projects across the region this year after many have undergone years of planning and consultation.

Speaking to The Leader on Monday, Mr O’Brien said all towns and villages in the Council area will not be ignored as the Council continues to grow in population and work towards improving infrastructure.

“One of the major projects is continuation of the heavy vehicle freight route project,” said Mr O’Brien.

“Kidman and Hancock Roads will be bituminised and will be finished in the next few weeks. It is major infrastructure that will help to remove the trucks from Kapunda’s main street.”

In addition to works in Kapunda, Mr O’Brien is looking forward to seeing works at Stelzer Road, Tanunda and the long awaited roundabout at the Samuel and Seppeltsfield Roads intersection starting soon.

Mr O’Brien said Council would continue to support the development of the two supermarkets in Kapunda and he “regretted very much” the time it has taken.

“There was criticism about having two supermarkets in the town… there has always been two supermarkets,” said Mr O’Brien.

“We can’t afford not to have Foodland in Kapunda… people are leaving the town to go elsewhere and we need to keep people in the town and jobs in Kapunda.”

Mr O’Brien is excited about water being already in the pipes when it comes to the Gawler Water Reuse Scheme and hoped the project would be finished by May.

“This is the first stage in our plan to attempt to drought proof the Barossa,” said Mr O’Brien.

“We have got to find new ways of making money… the last thing we want to do is put rates up… obviously, there is the cost of living.

“We don’t want to cut services but we need to find income streams and the Gawler Water Reuse is a major contributor.”

Mr O’Brien said one aspect which he is proud of is the fact Council is heading towards sustainability and with a long term financial plan and asset management plan continuing to be worked on it will assist Council to “open their minds to new projects”.

More work will occur at the historic Kapunda Mine site and Mr O’Brien is excited about the projects which have already been completed.

“It was used as a town dump and now we are looking at it in a totally different light,” said Mr O’Brien.

“We have cleaned it up and opened it up for people. It is a beautiful big space and people can enjoy it.”

Construction is expected to start in April of four retirement units on the former Kapunda Bowling Club site – a project Mr O’Brien says has turned out to be a great community venture.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.