Magill Village Project Update

Published on 15 August 2019

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Magill Village Project

The Magill Village Partnership is a collaboration between the City of Burnside and Campbelltown City Council to investigate and identify the potential of the Magill Town Centre located around the intersection of Magill Road and St Bernards/Penfold Road east of the Adelaide CBD.

Both Councils have recognised that the area is rich in social, cultural heritage and presents a unique opportunity to create an exemplar ‘Village’ model that encompasses urban renewal streetscape improvements and urban landscape work. It can become a prototype for similar initiatives in other areas around Adelaide. A Magill Village Master Plan has been developed to achieve these improvements.

One feature of the Master Plan is the undergrounding of the power lines on both sides of Magill Road from Windsor Avenue to Vine Street.

The two Councils are working with SA Power Networks (SAPN) to underground the power lines along Magill Road. Work began in early 2019 with SAPN and their civil contractor commencing the trenching and boring work to create new cable trenches, electrical pits, and to install new cable.  

Once the cable is installed and electrical testing is undertaken, work will then commence on connecting properties to the new underground power lines. During this phase of work there will be impacts to power supply to properties.

Following the connection of the properties, the removal of the Stobie poles can be undertaken.

Penfold Road/St Bernards intersection to Vine Street

At the east end of the project from the Penfold Road / St Bernards Road intersection to Vine Street, all of the major civil work and the installation of the cabling is now completed.

Final electrical testing will soon be taking place in preparation for connection to the underground power supply. 

Over the next three months, SAPN’s electrical contractor will be making contact with property owners and residents about this new connection before being changed over to the new infrastructure.

Penfold Road/St Bernards intersection to Windsor Avenue

At the west end of the project from the intersection to Windsor Avenue, the civil works are ongoing and due to be completed in August.

Trench construction will continue on the road way on both sides of Magill Road and part of side streets to house the underground power lines. New electrical pits will be constructed in the road verge, and new trenches will connect the pits to the main power line trench.

To minimise the impact of these construction works on residents and businesses, the trenching and reinstatement works will be progressively completed in approximately 18 m sections within 50 – 100 metre work zones.

As sections of civil works are completed, cable installation will closely follow. Concurrently with the works, as sections are energised, the residents will be contacted to have their power changed over.

Stobie pole removal

Following the connection of properties to the new underground power lines, the redundant Stobie poles will be removed. It is expected that removals of the poles will commence in October on both sides of Magill Road, both east and west of the Penfold Road/St Bernards intersection.

How will this affect you?

During these works access to properties, on-street car parking, footpaths and bus stops will be temporarily impacted as each section is undertaken progressively along Magill Road.

Access to properties will be impacted for approximately 1 – 2 days. SAPN’s civil contractor will provide advanced notice of work commencing adjacent your property, to enable businesses and residents to make alternative arrangements for access and car parking.

Detours will be in place on footpaths for pedestrians; and bus stops will temporarily be relocated as required.

There may also be short term lane closures on Magill Road and speed reductions will be in place on Magill Road adjacent the progressive work zones; please take note of changed traffic conditions when driving on Magill Road.

Should nightworks need to be undertaken, SAPN’s civil contractor will provide advanced notice of work commencing adjacent your property.

Some civil work will be required on most properties as the new underground services are connected to the properties. SAPN’s electrical contractor will be making contact with property owners and residents about this new connection before changing it over to the new infrastructure to account for any owner or heritage requirements.

During connection of properties to the underground power lines there will be impacts to power supply.

Although unlikely, due to the complexity of this project there may be occasions when power will need to be turned off for the safety of workers.

Need more information?

If you have any questions regarding these works please contact Bernie Auricht, on 8366 4200, or email magillvillage@burnside.sa.gov.au