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Recently Completed Projects

Ian Street Playground, Mount Compass

Council has recently taken ownership of the reserves playground. The playground equipment has been assessed and is no longer compliant and has been deemed unsafe for use. We are therefore preparing the site to remove the existing equipment and structures.

Preparation is underway to commence this demolition work, bunting around the playground equipment is in place for community safety until the works can be completed.

The bunting may be in place for some time and ask that the demolition works area that has been sectioned off is observed and not for public access.

Alternative playground and reserve areas are available in Mount Compass at the following locations:

Mount Compass Recreation Park

The Mount Compass Recreation Park was opened to the public in September 2019, incorporating a state of the art skate park, BMX track and open play space.

Above the impressive skate park, there is a sheltered spectator viewing area, including picnic table. The space also has a meandering creek for nature play, and a play area with basket swing, large slide, sandpit and picnic table. Other convenient editions to the parks facilities include a bike station for minor repairs and a filtered water bubbler.

The Mount Compass Recreation Park cost $1.15m and was jointly funded by Alexandrina Council and the State Government’s Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.  The external funding contribution was secured with the support of local MP, Member for Finniss, David Basham.

Sandergrove Road Revitalisation

The final stages of Strathalbyn’s Sandergrove Road Revitalisation Project were completed in August 2019. Significant street-level enhancements to underground power lines and install new heritage-style streetlamps, preceded recent comprehensive civil and landscape works including new footpaths,­ street-side kerbing, a stormwater management system, road asphalting, street furniture, trees and landscaped gardens. The revitalised entrance provides a pleasant boulevard-style entrance into Strathalbyn.

Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club

Construction of the facilities is now complete.Commencing in August 2018, the new Goolwa Surf Life Saving (SLSC) Club building was officially opened at a function in October 2019.

Alexandrina Council worked in collaboration with Surf Life Saving South Australia (SLSSA) and Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) to bring this much needed and anticipated facility to reality. The $3.5 million dollar project is part-funded by Alexandrina Council, which allocated a $500,000 contribution to SLSSA from its 2018-19 Budget. Council also conducted site preparation, including the decommissioning and establishment of new public toilet facilities. SLSSA contributed further funding through their Club Rebuild Program, while the Goolwa SLSC provided eleven percent of the project cost – funds they have tirelessly raised through many fundraising activities over a number of years.

The Surf Life Saving Club is the first stage in the transformation of the entire precinct, with the Club planned and designed in line with the Goolwa Beach Car Park and Environs Masterplan. The Masterplan aims to guide future development and management of the Goolwa Beach area, as a vibrant and functional mixed-use precinct over the next 20 years.

Maintenance cleaning of Milang Boat Ramp

Council contractors have recently undertaken maintenance cleaning of the Milang Boat Ramp. Works consisted of installing a silt fence within the lake to ensure minimal disturbance to the lake bed. Contractors will be removing silt/spoil build up from the concrete ramp only.

Strathalbyn Soldiers Memorial Garden paving works 

Council’s Contractor has completed the first stage of renovation at the Strathalbyn Soldiers Memorial Gardens monument. Works include the removal of the old flagstone paving, which will be retained and reused at a later date.

The site has been repaved to new levels and an additional Mintaro slate step installed to make the approach to the monument safer for the public. The base also has a new render applied and surrounding turf removed and relayed to the new levels.

Footpath Works - Loveday Street, Goolwa

As part of its Capital Works Program, Council has installed a new length of footpath along Loveday Street, Goolwa.

The works consist of the installation of a new 1.5m wide concrete footpath along the Western side of Loveday Street, between Gardiner Street and Crocker Street.

Old SA Water Pump Station site

One of Alexandrina Council’s premier riverside boulevards recently became more welcoming and accessible, with the purchase of a currently unutilised piece of land on Liverpool Road in Goolwa.

At its meeting on Monday 21 January 2019, Alexandrina Council endorsed the purchase of the SA Water Pump Station on Liverpool Road, Goolwa. The purchase saw Alexandrina Council partner with SA Water to transform the old SA Water Pump Station on Liverpool Road, Goolwa into community open space at a cost of $63,500.

The purchase required SA Water to decommission the site, remove structures, and landscape the site with turf and a bush tucker garden with Council maintaining the site into the future. The Pump Station previously pumped water from the Murray River for the town water supply, with these operations ceasing many years ago.  The 1200m2 site was previously fenced and contained two outbuildings and a submerged holding tank.

Footpath works - Long Valley Road, Strathalbyn

Alexandrina Council recently competed footpath works as part of its Capital Works Program along Long Valley Road, Strathalbyn.

The works consisted of the removal of existing spray seal footpath and reinstatement of an Asphalt treatment along the Eastern side of Long Valley Road, between Avenue Road and Albion Drive.

Footpath works - Parker Avenue, Strathalbyn

Council recently completed footpath works as part of its Capital Works Program along Parker Avenue, Strathalbyn.

The works consisted of the installation of a new concrete footpath along the Southern side of Parker Avenue, between Hooper Road and South Terrace.

Designated Jet-Ski Area, Goolwa

Alexandrina Council has established a designated jet-ski area along the stretch of Barrage Road towards Beacon 19, approximately 300m before the Goolwa Barrage carpark. There are currently car parking spaces, toilets and a small beach from which to launch a PWC. Council contractors have recently undertaken clean-up activities at the site including fence removal, mowing and tree trimming.

Gazania Free Gardens

In March 2018, the “Gazania Free Goolwa” campaign was launched to encourage residents within the township of Goolwa to remove gazanias from their gardens and roadside verges.

After the Gazania Free Goolwa campaign, Council remained committed to encouraging our community, not just in Goolwa but in the whole district, to control gazanias and other declared weeds in their gardens and on their roadside verges. As a result, the campaign was rebranded Gazania Free Gardens in 2019, with a focus on Middleton. The Gazania Free Gardens campaign ran through April and May 2019 and included a community planting day, coastal garden design workshops and a plant swapping initiative where residents could trade in Gazanias removed from their gardens for a free six pack of native plants.

Gazania-free Gardens was a collaborative project between Alexandrina Council, the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, the Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning Association, Middleton Town and Foreshore Association and Alexandrina Community Nursery.

The campaign was an initiative from Alexandrina’s Environmental Action Plan, and was in direct response to Alexandrina Council’s “Thrive in Clean Green Futures” strategic objective.

Emergency Repairs to Goolwa Wharf

The Goolwa Wharf emergency repairs were completed in April 2019.

As part of the Goolwa Wharf renewal project new screw piles were installed in November 2018.   During the installation, further complications were encountered, resulting in the piles not being able to be placed in the locations specified in the design. This resulted in delays to originally anticipated mid-December completion date.

Footpath works - Commercial Road, Strathalbyn

Alexandrina Council completed footpath works in February/March as part of its Capital Works Program along Commercial Road, Strathalbyn.

The works consisted of the removal of existing concrete/asphalt seal and installation of a new paved footpath along the western side of Commercial Road.