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Council Championing for Community Legacy Projects to be Built

SOMERSET Regional Council is championing for several legacy projects to be constructed in Somerset Dam village.

Published: 11th March 2020

SOMERSET Regional Council is championing for several legacy projects to be constructed in Somerset Dam village.

The six legacy projects are being put forward by Council to Seqwater to offset impacts on the community following an anticipated four-year project by the water authority to upgrade Somerset Dam.

Council Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Johnson, said Council was re-submitting its list amidst concerns of a decline in visitation to the township during construction.

“Council is very concerned about the community impact of the safety upgrade which is likely to impact Somerset Dam village more than any other location,” Mr Johnson said.

“Council would like Seqwater to fund several projects that are for the betterment of the township and will serve the community and visitors long into the future.”

The legacy projects Council is asking Seqwater to fund include improving kerb and channel, drainage and bitumen infill sealing in various streets, resurfacing the tennis courts, construct a new shelter, picnic table and electric barbecue at Plump Park, build a footpath from Coronation Hall to the general store and playground area, finish the Somerset Dam lookout and complete the car park at Coronation Hall.

The total cost of the legacy projects is just over $1 million dollars.

Mr Johnson said Seqwater has advised it is looking at legacy projects to be identified now so they can integrate them into their business case.

“There is no doubt the impacts on the community from this construction project is going to be significant and adequate compensation that will support the community for generations to come is essential,” he said.

This is the second-time council has put its case forward to Seqwater.

Council also wrote to Seqwater in November requesting that Seqwater ensures it provides opportunities for sole operators and small to medium enterprises from the Somerset region to participate competitively in the project.

 

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