Virginia Main Street Upgrade

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  • Undergrounding of Power Lines has been completed

    SA Power Networks have completed the undergrounding of the power lines along the Virginia Main Street.  This has greatly improved the appearance of the street and will play a significant contribution in the overall upgrade.

  • Project is Fully Funded!

    We are excited to advise that the Virginia Main Street upgrade has been fully funded!  Council is grateful to its funding partners: State Government, Federal Government and SA Power Networks.  Construction is due to commence in December 2020 following the undergrounding of power lines and will occur over a 12 month period.   More information is available from the information flyer and FAQs in the Document Library.

  • Concept Plan Finalised

    We are excited to share that Council has endorsed the concept design for the Virginia Mainstreet Upgrade project at its 26 May Council meeting.  The final concept document and Council report are both available from the Document Library.  Council opted to endorse Option B for the design of the Institute Park. 


  • Undergrounding of Power Lines to Commence

    Works will now commence on the undergrounding of the power lines in late March.  This represents the first stage of the Main Street Upgrade.

    The trenching of the underground cable along the road carriage is expected to be the most disruptive part of the works and will commence in mid-April.  The trenching will take around four months to complete.  Work will primarily occur during weekdays 7am - 5:30pm.  The temporary closure of sections of road will occur, with traffic management put in place. 

    The remaining elements will be undertaken over a further two to four month period.  These works will include:

    • Connection of individual properties to the new power network
    • Removal of stobie poles, street lights and overhead power lines
    • Installation of new street lighting

    SA Power Networks will manage the project and have engaged a civil contractor, Noone Nominees, to undertake works on their behalf.  Power outages will be required at several stages during the project.  SA Power Networks will notify account holders in writing, with at least four working days’ notice on each occasion. 

    For more information check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

  • Second Phase of consultation has been completed



  • Next Chance to Have Your Say!

    Following consultation with the community in August and September 2019, a draft concept has now been developed that responds to the feedback received.  We now want to hear what you think!  An overview of the concept is information about how to have your say is provided on the Information Flyer with more detail on the concept available from the Draft Concept Document.  All information is available from the 'Document Library'.  Feedback must be recieved by COB 21 February 2020.

  • End of Year Update

    Community input and draft concept plan

    A big thank you to all of the people who took the time to complete a survey or talk to project staff back in August and September.  A report capturing all of the feedback is available from the document library and a draft concept plan has since been prepared that responds to the issues highlighted by the community.

    The draft concept will now go out on consultation early next year after the holiday period.  More information will be provided at that time to let you know how to have your say.

    Undergrounding of the power lines by SA Power Networks (SAPN) to start in March 2020

    The first stage of improving the infrastructure in the main street involves undergrounding the power lines.  SAPN will be leading these works and will have more information about the staging and timing of works early next year.  This will be communicated to those living and working on the main street and the wider community as soon as the information becomes available. 

    Some disruption is to be expected during these works but every effort will be made to keep this to a minimum. 

  • Consultation Report Now Available

    Virginia residents had their say during August and September on how they would like the main street to look in the future. 

    The feedback received during this period is now available in a report 'Virginia Main Street Upgrade: Engagement Feedback' located in the document library.  This information will help to inform a concept design for the main street, which is currently being drafted.

    A second round of consultation will occur on the draft concept, which is now anticipated to commence in January next year.

  • First phase of consultation has been completed

    Virginia residents have had their say on the City of Playford’s design for their main street, with more than 375 people providing feedback on how they would like their town to look in the future.  

    Local residents were consulted via pop-up workshops, community drop-in sessions and an online survey, while Virginia Primary School students also provided feedback on their town’s future design.

    “We aren’t surprised in any way that the community has so positively embraced the consultation on this exciting project,” Mayor Docherty said.  “Virginia is an important part of Playford and we’re excited to be receiving the views of residents about a project that will shape the look and feel of their home for many years to come.”

    Among the key messages resulting from the consultation were:

    • To resolve the street’s drainage issues;
    • Plant new trees and landscaping;
    • Fix the footpaths;
    • Address safety concerns for pedestrians crossing the street;
    • Make the street more attractive;
    • Deliver an outcome that is suitable to the country setting;
    • Create a destination at the Virginia Institute Park.

    Meanwhile, the primary school students had some creative ideas, such as a wishing fountain, fruit trees, sculptures in Virginia Rams colours and in-ground trampolines.

    The draft design concept will be exhibited in Virginia later this year, providing an opportunity for the community to give further feedback.

    A Summary of Consultation report will be prepared over the next few weeks and made available on this web page.