Gumeracha Main Street Upgrade

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Albert Street, the “Village Heart” of Gumeracha, extends from Victoria Street to John Fisher Avenue. Its heritage buildings are prominent and an important part of the town’s character.


Welcome

This page captures the works that are taking place along Albert Street in Gumeracha.

Take a look at the news articles at the bottom of this page regularly for progress updates.

On the right of this page you will find answers to frequently asked questions as well as key project dates.

The document library contains project background information including the Masterplan for Albert Street.

Project overview

Adelaide Hills Council is undertaking

Albert Street, the “Village Heart” of Gumeracha, extends from Victoria Street to John Fisher Avenue. Its heritage buildings are prominent and an important part of the town’s character.


Welcome

This page captures the works that are taking place along Albert Street in Gumeracha.

Take a look at the news articles at the bottom of this page regularly for progress updates.

On the right of this page you will find answers to frequently asked questions as well as key project dates.

The document library contains project background information including the Masterplan for Albert Street.

Project overview

Adelaide Hills Council is undertaking three combined projects on Albert Street, Gumeracha between the Soldiers Memorial Hospital and Randell Terrace to:

  1. Underground existing over-head power lines
  2. Implement a stormwater management system
  3. Deliver a streetscape upgrade

The removal of the existing overhead power lines and stobie poles along Albert Street and the planting of new trees will greatly improve the aesthetics and appearance of the area while helping to achieve these outcomes.

The delivery of this project will make Albert Street more welcoming for residents, businesses and tourists, it should also provide calmer traffic patterns and be more walkable and age-friendly.

Read more here.

  • Car Parking restricted - Wednesday 25 August 2021

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    The majority of remaining stobie poles will be removed from the Gumeracha Main Street on Wednesday, 25 August 2021. This work will block all street car parking on the northern side of the road (Post Office side).

    Spaces will be freed up as soon as possible throughout the duration of the works.

    The removal of these poles was delayed due to emergency works in the district brought on by extreme weather, and the need to redirect workers for a time.

    Thank you for your patience.

  • Latest Update: August 2021

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    The streetscape upgrade works are now well underway. PLOT Works is making good progress in John Fisher Ave and the protuberances at the Federation Park end are taking shape.

    NOTE – Vehicle access to Federation Park will be closed Monday-Thursday next week (23-26 August), it will be re-opened Friday, 27 August 2021.

    You can also say good-bye to the existing street trees on Albert Street, they will be removed this Friday, 20 August. The new streetscape will see winter blossoming Ornamental Pears in the main street and white Crepe Myrtles in the protuberances and in front of the hospital.

    The pavement colour for Albert Street will be Bronze Mix while in the side street we went for Charcoal.

    SAPN assured council that the stobie poles will be removed by end of August after a delay caused by a large emergency workload due to tree failures during the bad weather we experienced. All street lights should now be functional.

    The stormwater installation is complete. PLOT Works will replace the kerb and gutter on the northern side of Albert Street and set the stormwater entry pits to their correct levels.

    Next Steps

    • Redevelop Federation Park entrance 23-26 August.
    • Remove existing street trees 20 August.
    • Commence kerb and gutter replacement along Albert Street.
    • Complete pavement in John Fisher Ave.

    Indicative Timetable

    Action / Activity

    Indicative Timeline

    Undergrounding Power Lines (PLEC)

    COMPLETE

    • Removing stobie poles

    August 2021



    Stormwater Upgrade

    COMPLETE



    Streetscape Improvements


    • Art Wall preparation and installation

    COMPLETE

    • Tender for construction

    COMPLETE

    • Construction

    5 August 21 – January 22

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) are available on the right of the main page.

    For more information or to join the project mailing list call 8408 0400 or email engage@ahc.sa.gov.au.

  • Update: July 2021

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    Latest News
    Only a few stobie poles to go, the unfortunate delay was caused by the latest lockdown. We should see all poles gone in the next week or so and all light columns erected.

    The stormwater installation is also nearing its end. It is a very tricky job to install this system in the wet season and works should be complete end of next week.

    PLOT Works are to start the streetscape upgrade works coming Thursday, 5 August delivering the renewed footpath, kerb and landscaping. Completion for these works is around January 2022. Footpath works will start on John Fisher Avenue before they come to Albert Street in around 2 weeks.


    Next Steps

    • Complete stormwater works along Albert Street.
    • Commence streetscape upgrade works.

    Indicative Timetable

    Action / Activity

    Indicative Timeline

    Undergrounding Power Lines (PLEC)


    • Finalise design / tender for construction

    COMPLETE

    • Civil works (trenching)

    COMPLETE

    • Cabling

    COMPLETE

    • Removing stobie poles

    July 2021



    Stormwater Upgrade


    • Finalise design / tender for construction

    COMPLETE

    • Construction

    August 2021



    Streetscape Improvements


    • Art Wall preparation and installation

    COMPLETE

    • Tender for construction

    COMPLETE

    • Construction

    5 August 21 – January 22

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) are available on the right of the main page.

    For more information or to join the project mailing list call 8408 0400 or email engage@ahc.sa.gov.au

  • Update June 2021

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    The Gumeracha Main Street Upgrade project will deliver a range of improvements, including underground power lines, a new stormwater system, better pedestrian connectivity and a safer streetscape environment for Gumeracha's 'Village Heart'. This community streetscape project is delivered in close partnership with SA Power Networks, the Gumeracha Main Street Group and the Gumeracha Community Association.

    The first part of the project, undergrounding of power lines is being delivered by SA Power Networks.

    Latest News:

    All properties along Albert Street are now connected with underground power supply. SAPN have commenced taking down power lines along and it's already making a big impact along Albert Street and in Federation Park! By early to mid-July all power lines and stobie poles will be removed. The recent weather has not helped our time predictions.

    The stormwwater works along Albert Street were not to clash with the removal works and will start Monday, 28 June (weather permitting). Works should be complete in 5-6 weeks.

    PLOT Works are also gearing up to start on the streetscape works delivering the renewed footpath, kerb and landscaping works. It's still planned to commence August/September.

    Next steps:

    • Complete removal of power lines and stobie poles.
    • Commence stormwater works along Albert Street.

    Indicative Timetable:

    Action/Activity Indicative Timeline
    Undergrounding Power Lines (PLEC)
    • Finalise design / tender for construction
    COMPLETE
    • Civil works (trenching)
    COMPLETE
    • Cabling
    COMPLETE
    • Removing stobie poles
    July 2021
    Stormwater Upgrade
    • Finalise design/tender for construction
    COMPLETE
    • Construction
    July - August 2021
    Streetscape Improvements
    • Art Wall preparation and installation
    COMPLETE
    • Tender for construction
    COMPLETE
    • Construction
    August/September 21-January 22


    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) are available on the right of the main page. For more information or to join the project mailing list call 8408 0400 or email engage.ahc.sa.gov.au

  • Update 4 May 2021

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    The Gumeracha Main Street Upgrade project will deliver a range of improvements, including underground power lines, a new stormwater system, better pedestrian connectivity and a safer streetscape environment for Gumeracha’s ‘Village Heart’. This community streetscape project is delivered in close partnership with SA Power Networks, the Gumeracha Main Street Group and the Gumeracha Community Association.

    The first part of the project, undergrounding of power lines is being delivered by SA Power Networks.

    Latest News

    Works for the undergrounding of the power lines are in their last stages. SAPN’s contractor have completed all low voltage property connections as well as all cabling works. The energising of cables and the feed-in switch over are scheduled to be completed by mid-June. You might have noticed that the new light columns are currently stored at the Gumeracha oval.

    Contractors will be in touch with every household and trader to work out the best time for the switch over from overhead to underground power connections. By end of June all undergrounding works should be complete and overhead cables and stobie pole are supposed to come down from mid-June on!

    Due to the delay in the undergrounding works, the stormwater works along Albert Street are now planned for a start in July 2021.

    The streetscape upgrade works were tendered successfully and Adelaide Hills Council engaged PLOT Works to deliver this exciting part of the Gumeracha facelift project. Construction of the footpath, kerb and landscaping works is to commence August / September.

    Next Steps

    • Complete undergrounding works for the power lines.
    • Remove overhead cables and stobie pole by end of June.

    Indicative Timetable

    Action / Activity

    Indicative Timeline

    Undergrounding Power Lines (PLEC)


    • Finalise design / tender for construction

    COMPLETE

    • Civil works (trenching)

    COMPLETE

    • Cabling

    COMPLETE

    • Removing stobie poles

    June 2021



    Stormwater Upgrade


    • Finalise design / tender for construction

    COMPLETE

    • Construction

    July - August 2021



    Streetscape Improvements


    • Art Wall preparation and installation

    COMPLETE

    • Tender for construction

    COMPLETE

    • Construction

    August/September 21 – January 22


    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) are available on the right of the main page.

    For more information or to join the project mailing list call 8408 0400 or email engage@ahc.sa.gov.au.

  • Update 5 February 2021

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    The Gumeracha Main Street Upgrade project will deliver a range of improvements, including underground power lines, a new stormwater system, better pedestrian connectivity and a safer streetscape environment for Gumeracha’s ‘Village Heart’. This community streetscape project is delivered in close partnership with SA Power Networks and the Gumeracha Main Street Group.

    The first part of the project, undergrounding of power lines is being delivered by SA Power Networks.

    Latest News
    Trench works for the undergrounding are complete and individual property connection are well underway. SAPN will erect a couple more replacement stobie poles in the precinct which required scheduled outages in related areas.

    The planned power outages related to these scheduled works will be advised as per SAPN’s standard notification period. Please note that some of the planned outages prior to Christmas were rescheduled to February.

    The rescheduling has caused some delay for the overall delivery of the three project elements for this streetscape upgrade project. The stormwater installation works along Albert Street are still scheduled following the undergrounding of the power lines completion and are planned for a start in April 2021.

    The streetscape upgrade tender has been called and closes early March.

    Next Steps

    • Continue undergrounding works for the power lines.
    • Council to prepare tender documentation for construction of streetscape upgrade.

    Indicative Timetable

    Action / Activity

    Indicative Timeline

    Undergrounding Power Lines (PLEC)


    • Finalise design / tender for construction

    COMPLETE

    • Civil works (trenching)

    COMPLETE

    • Cabling

    August/September – March 2021

    • Removing stobie poles

    March/April 2021



    Stormwater Upgrade


    • Finalise design / tender for construction

    COMPLETE

    • Construction

    April-May 2021



    Streetscape Improvements


    • Art Wall preparation and installation

    COMPLETE

    • Tender for construction

    February-March 2021

    • Construction

    Once PLEC Stage 1 is complete

    Aiming for May/June start

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) are available on the right of the main page.

    For more information or to join the project mailing list call 8408 0400 or email engage@ahc.sa.gov.au

  • Update 10 November 2020

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    Trench works for the undergrounding are nearing completion while cabling in the ‘heart’ of Gumeracha has commenced. All trench works should be complete by end November. SAPN erected replacement stobie poles in Victoria Street and John Fisher Street which required scheduled outages in related areas.


    Please note that SA Power Networks are planning three power outages which are scheduled on the 20 November, 6 December and 14 December. The majority of affected properties can expect only one outage. All properties will be notified at least five business days in advance. SAPN advised that no further scheduled outages are planned relating to the undergrounding of the powerlines until after the New Year. Once scheduled power outages are planned in early 2021, SAPN will notify affected properties accordingly

    Please contact Adelaide Hills Council if you have significant concerns with this.


    For construction site safety reasons the stormwater installation works along Albert Street has been scheduled following the undergrounding of the power lines completion. These works are scheduled to commence in February 2021.


    And the art wall is complete!


    Next Steps

    • Continue undergrounding works for the power lines.
    • Council to prepare tender documentation for construction of streetscape upgrade.


    Indicative Timetable


    Action / Activity

    Indicative Timeline

    Undergrounding Power Lines (PLEC)


    • Finalise design / tender for construction

    COMPLETE

    • Civil works (trenching)

    29 June – November 2020

    • Cabling

    August/September – January 2021

    • Removing stobie poles

    Early 2021



    Stormwater Upgrade


    • Finalise design / tender for construction

    COMPLETE

    • Construction

    February – April 2021



    Streetscape Improvements


    • Art Wall preparation and installation

    COMPLETE

    • Tender for construction

    Late 2020

    • Construction

    Once PLEC Stage 1 is complete

    Aiming for March/April start

  • Update 18 September 2020

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    The Gumeracha Main Street Upgrade project will deliver a range of improvements, including underground power lines, a new stormwater system, better pedestrian connectivity, and a safer streetscape environment for Gumeracha’s ‘Village Heart’. This community streetscape project is delivered in close partnership with SA Power Networks and the Gumeracha Main Street Group.

    The first part of the project, undergrounding of power lines will be delivered by SA Power Networks and their contractor Schwarz Excavations and Civil.

    Latest News
    Works are progressing well for the undergrounding of the power lines and construction activities are outside the ‘heart’ of Gumeracha for now. Council has engaged Metro & Country Civil as contractor for the proposed stormwater system for Albert Street. And the art wall will be completed soon.

    Trench works for the undergrounding of power lines are heading towards the flat section at Federation Park and the Torrens Valley Community Centre. A switching cubicle will get installed in the verge of Federation Park and some tree clearance has occurred in the last few days.

    Adelaide Hills Council successfully ran a tender for construction services for a new stormwater system for Albert Street. Metro & Country Civil aim to commence late October and complete works before Christmas. Construction should take approx. 7-8 weeks.

    Detailed design for the streetscape upgrade has been finalised and council will call tenders for construction soon.

    Next Steps

    • Prepare for construction of stormwater upgrade.
    • Council to prepare tender documentation for construction of streetscape upgrade.


    Indicative Timetable

    Action / Activity

    Indicative Timeline

    Undergrounding Power Lines (PLEC)


    • Finalise design / tender for construction

    COMPLETE

    • Civil works (trenching)

    29 June – December 2020

    • Cabling

    August/September – December 2020

    • Removing stobie poles

    Late 2020 / early 2021



    Stormwater Upgrade


    • Finalise design / tender for construction

    COMPLETE

    • Construction

    October - December 2020



    Streetscape Improvements


    • Art Wall preparation and installation

    July - October 2020

    • Finalise design / tender for construction

    April – October 2020

    • Construction

    Once PLEC Stage 1 is complete
    Aiming for July/August start


    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) are available on the right of the main page.

    For more information or to join the project mailing list call 8408 0400 or email engage@ahc.sa.gov.au

  • Update 31 July 2020

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    Works are well underway now for the undergrounding of the power lines. Recently. the new footpath to the Rocking Horse has been completed and looks great! And finally, the art wall has commenced and will be completed in the next 4-6 weeks.

    Trench works for the undergrounding of power lines along Albert Street have crept towards Gumeracha centre and are starting to have an impact on parking for shops as well as on driveways. The trenches will be reinstated with bitumen on Monday, 3 August which will help with the current level of sand and dust along Albert Street.

    Naturally, there are inconveniences with a job this size but SAPN’s contractor Schwarz Construction are talking to all affected parties to try to minimise disruptions where possible. As mentioned previously, to achieve the best for Gumeracha, this big project will require the help and patience from the whole community.

    Tenders for the construction of the stormwater upgrade have been called and council aims to engage a contractor by September.

    Next Steps

    • Close and assess tender submissions for construction of stormwater upgrade.
    • Council to prepare streetscape detailed design for tender for construction.

    Indicative Timetable

    Action / Activity

    Indicative Timeline

    Undergrounding Power Lines (PLEC)


    • Finalise design / tender for construction

    COMPLETE

    • Civil works (trenching)

    29 June – December 2020

    • Cabling

    August/September – December 2020

    • Removing stobie poles

    Late 2020 / early 2021



    Stormwater Upgrade


    • Finalise design / tender for construction

    January – May 2020

    • Construction

    Follow PLEC Stage 1,

    Commence later this year



    Streetscape Improvements


    • Art Wall preparation and installation

    6-10 July 2020

    • Finalise design / tender for construction

    April – July 2020

    • Construction

    Once PLEC Stage 1 is complete

    Aiming for July/August start


    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) are available on the right of the main page.

    For more information or to join the project mailing list call 8408 0400 or email engage@ahc.sa.gov.au.

  • Update 25 June - Things are really about to start!

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    Things are really about to start – finally! SAPN are commencing works next week, art installation to start the following week and a new footpath is getting built at the moment to better connect the Big Rocking Horse with the rest of the town.

    Trench works for the undergrounding of power lines along Albert Street will naturally have an impact on residents’ and businesses’ access to their properties as well as on parking along the road. SAPN’s contractor David Schwarz will ensure that traffic and pedestrian management during construction will keep all road and footpath users safe while minimising disruptions where possible.

    To achieve the best for Gumeracha, this big project will require the help and patience from the whole community.

    • SA Power Network’s contractor David Schwarz will commence works on undergrounding of the power lines from Monday 29 June on.
      Any affected properties and businesses will be consulted with a few days ahead of works impacting on their access.
    • Art installation – Artist Paul Herzich is aiming to commence the art installation of an aboriginal art piece along the entire length of the wall from Monday 6 July on. Works should be complete within approx. 5 days.

    Next Steps

    • Council to tender stormwater upgrade for construction.
    • Council to prepare streetscape detailed design for tender for construction.

    Indicative Timetable

    Action / Activity

    Indicative Timeline

    Undergrounding Power Lines (PLEC)


    • Finalise design / tender for construction

    COMPLETE

    • Civil works (trenching)

    29 June – December 2020

    • Cabling

    August – December 2020

    • Removing stobie poles

    Late 2020 / early 2021



    Stormwater Upgrade


    • Finalise design / tender for construction

    January – May 2020

    • Construction

    Follow PLEC Stage 1,

    Commence later this year



    Streetscape Improvements


    • Art Wall preparation and installation

    6-10 July 2020

    • Finalise design / tender for construction

    April – July 2020

    • Construction

    Once PLEC Stage 1 is complete

    Aiming for Nov/ Dec start


    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) are available on the right of the main page.

    For more information or to join the project mailing list call 8408 0400 or email engage@ahc.sa.gov.au

    Photo Credit: Gumeracha Mainstreet Association

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