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Project Updates

Soldiers Memorial Gardens Footpaths, Strathalbyn

Council has engaged a local contractor to undertake footpath works within Strathalbyn’s Soldiers Memorial Gardens as part of the Capital Renewal Program. The work will consist of removing the existing 1.3 metre wide concrete footpath and replacing it with a new 2.5 metre wide footpath. The reinstatement of affected grass areas will be carried out once the new footpath is completed.

Works will start on Tuesday 19 May, and are expected to be completed in July, weather permitting. There will be vehicle and pedestrian traffic restrictions throughout the gardens during the work, with the majority of the park adjoining Sunter Street and around the rotunda isolated for safety purposes.

Access to the gardens will be limited, and pedestrian traffic will be diverted; with access available via Colman Terrace or Albyn Terrace.

Irrigation renewal in the gardens will be commencing 26 May, but will have minimal impact on pedestrian access in these areas.

The works will improve the amenity of this beautiful community space.

Soldiers Memorial Gardens Map of works

Soldiers Memorial Gardens Map of access

Business Alexandrina - Business Hub

The Business Hub will be a regional centre providing facilities and services to support business, enterprise and entrepreneurship; as well as, offering programs for skills development, knowledge sharing and networking.

The Business Alexandrina Business Hub fit-out works commenced in April 2020 with the demolition of the old Goolwa ANZ Bank fit-out elements and a complete stripping back to the original building fabric to make way for the new layout.

The new space will open in mid-July. Staff are finalising the business model and in discussions with potential partner organisations to deliver a Business Capability Building Program throughout the Alexandrina region. This Program will be an important service with elements delivered through the Hub, assisting building business resilience and growth. The centre and its services are for the region and delivery models are currently being progressed.

If you have any business related queries regarding this project please contact Council’s dedicated business hotline on 8555 7455, and if your query relates to the project building progress please contact 8555 7000.

Clayton Bay Foreshore Masterplan

Alexandrina Council are in the final stages of delivering the limestone rubble loop footpath in Clayton Bay. As per Clayton Bay Masterplan this path stretches over 2.5km long and connects people from the whole foreshore, ducks hospital and Dunns lagoon. The large boat ramp carpark will be resurfaced in limestone rubble before the end of June making this loop complete.

We will also complete a new shelter in Clayton Bay using a unique timber look aluminium frame. This is a great product that looks like timber but more environmentally friendly, blends into the environment and cost effective. This is situated near the recently completed small carpark along the foreshore on Island view drive.

Pic Clayton Shelter

Goolwa Oval Sporting Complex

A new multi-use clubroom building is underway to replace the current three separate structures on the western side of the oval in the Brian Dugmore Recreation Reserve, Goolwa. This new facility will provide modern features and comforts and be able to support a range of sports groups, community activities and functions.

The tender process will begin in July. We anticipate demolition works to commence in December 2020 with a 6 month construction period.

Funding for the building is being provided by Council and a grant from the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing.

This represents the first stage of the implementation of the Goolwa Oval Sporting Precinct Master Plan, endorsed by Council on 21 October 2019.

For further information see the Goolwa Oval Sporting Precinct Master Plan - Key Findings and Final Report. The Master Plan aims to guide future improvements and to provide a fit for purpose and adaptable sporting and community precinct in the heart of Goolwa.

Port Elliot Dog Park Road and Car Park Sealing Project

Alexandrina Council have been working on preparing the base material for bitumen surfacing on Cameron Street. Due to inclement weather this project has been delayed until moisture content drops. A short dry period will enable the works to be completed in laying bitumen on the entry road and carpark.

Ratalang Basham Beach Dune Stabilisation Project

With the results from an historical extreme event analysis of Ratalang Basham Beach last year, three locations along the coastline at Ratalang Basham Beach Conservation Park were highlighted for future erosion. This erosion which would affect cultural, environmental and ecology aspects of the park if not addressed.

The partly funded project by the Coastal Protection Board along with the Department for Environment and Water’s technical assistance will protect the fore dune and hind dune for future years allowing more time for future monitoring and testing. Alexandrina Council are delivering one of the three locations currently and are installing large Geo-fabric sand containers at beach access site 2 also known as “The Gap”. Currently we are on ground working with Ngarrindjeri heritage monitors and contractors excavating the site to lay geo-fabric sand containers. This project will be finished in early July 2020.

Ratalang Basham Project 1

Strathalbyn Senior Citizens Building Redevelopment

The Strathalbyn Senior Citizens Building redevelopment is an exciting project aimed at providing a dedicated centre for the Strathalbyn community from which a raft of community development programs can be delivered.

In 2016, discussions commenced between the Alexandrina Council, Strathalbyn Senior Citizens Club and the Strathalbyn Neighbourhood Centre; with an idea to co-locate both community groups within the Senior Citizens Building and create a collaborative community centre that supports the local and surrounding residents. To accommodate the co-location of both community groups it was agreed that upgrade works would be required to increase the building’s functionality, including a full renovation of the existing kitchen and development of an accessible toilet; as well as a new extension to provide dedicated office and meeting spaces.

Construction commenced in April 2020 and is expected to be complete mid-August 2020.

Strathalbyn Town Centre Revitalisation

Following on from the successful completion of the High Street carpark and Alfred Place reserve projects, the next two to be delivered as part of the Masterplan are the Sunter Street landscaping upgrade and the Albyn Terrace Streetscape.

The Sunter Street is situated on the corner of Sunter Street and Alfred Place and incorporates landscaping elements to highlight and beautify the area around the Saint Andrews Church. This will include new street trees and garden beds, a feature stone wall, new footpaths and crossing points, plus a turfed area opposite the Soldiers Memorial to cater for services.

The Albyn Terrace streetscape project involves the re-alignment of the 3-way intersection between Sunter Street, Albyn Terrace, and Rankine Street. The current layout of this intersection will improved to reduce traffic confusion and improve traffic flow through the township. The space made available by this re-alignment provides opportunity to create a revitalised space in front of the

buildings on Albyn Terrace. This will be upgraded with street trees, garden beds, water sensitive urban design, plus a boulevard area denoted by block paving that will provide a meeting and resting point for visitors to the town as well as people exploring the trails in the area.

The Sunter Street and Albyn Terrace projects are currently in the design phase with engineering and landscaping plans scheduled to be completed by the end of July. Following this a construction tender will be carried out with the intention of construction commencing in late October to November.

Strathalbyn Town Hall Upgrade

Upgrades to the Strathalbyn Town Hall include installation of new stage audio systems, relocation of existing kitchen with new appliances and bar facilities, refurbishment of existing supper room, new dressing and green room and installation of new lighting and ceiling fans for the main auditorium.

Design consultants have been engaged and are finalising concepts and detailed design. The construction tender is estimated to be released in August 2020 with onsite works commencement to follow in November 2020.

Regular updates are provided to the Strathalbyn and District Concert Band (SADCB) including works programs and design concepts, with regular consultation meetings occurring between representatives from council, the design consultants and the SADCB.

Smart Solar Charge Stations Trial

Council launched two new smart solar charging stations as a trial at Bristow Smith Reserve, Goolwa and Commodore Reserve, Port Elliot in December 2019. The benches feature a solar powered canopy, convenient and comfortable picnic style seating, USB charging points, Qi wireless chargers, auto LED lighting and free public WiFi.

Goolwa Chart Room Development

The Chart Room development is a project with an objective of providing the first ‘pop up’ venue at Goolwa by restoring and repurposing the building into usable space that will accommodate a wide range of uses and support the existing demand from small businesses. The repurposed building will attract young entrepreneurs, existing and new small business to connect with customers, generate public interest and create brand awareness for their product and services.

Benefits of developing this site include reactivation of an unused state heritage building, supporting new and existing business growth in Goolwa, increased growth in the regions tourism industry and increasing visitor knowledge and appreciation of the historical significance of the township.

Works will include repointing of walls, new DDA compliant access, upgrade of existing electrical infrastructure with new air conditioning and construction of an external hardstand.

Project is estimated for completion December 2020.

Goolwa Wharf Precinct

After successfully gaining funding for the long-awaited multi-faceted upgrade of the Goolwa Wharf Precinct, works are underway.

The first project in this round of funding is the formalisation of the Amelia Park carpark. This area is currently unsealed and will be sealed with asphalt and car parking bays delineated with line marking. The portion of road that connects the carpark to the wharf area is due for renewal and will also be asphalted. The design for the carpark is complete and the construction tender process is underway, construction is planned for September depending on contractor availability.

The second project is the Porter St carpark. This of a similar nature and entails asphalting the currently unsealed carpark, line marking parking bays for cars and buses, pedestrian and vehicle lighting, connecting pathways, and beautifying the area with landscaping. In addition to this a shared path will be constructed that connects Cutting Road with the Hindmarsh Island Bridge. The design phase has started with survey and geotechnical investigation completed. The engineering and landscape design will take 3 months to complete.

Completed Projects