Major project to beautify Tea Tree Gully township approved

Published on 11 October 2023

A section of North East Road showing a Stobie pole and electric wires that will soon be removed

Stobie poles will disappear from North East Road in the Tea Tree Gully township next year as part of a multi-million-dollar city beautification project.  

Work will begin in February, focusing on the removal of Stobie poles and relocation of power lines underground along North East Road, from Church Street to Memorial Drive.  

Tea Tree Gully Council gave the go-ahead for the project at its meeting last night, including accepting a $1.1 million State Government grant to cover two-thirds of the total project costs, with Council covering the remainder of the $1.66 million project.

More undergrounding of power lines on North East Road will take place from July next year - from Memorial Drive to the Gully Public House & Garden, depending on funding.   

A streetscape revitalisation project is in the pipeline for North East Road and a section of Walters Street, with upgrades for Gilmour and Haines Memorial Parks.

The plans are likely to be considered by Council in November this year.

Mayor Marijka Ryan said the removal of Stobie poles was the first step in rejuvenating the area.

“Once the poles and wires are removed, we’ll have the opportunity to plant more trees and shrubs, creating habitat for local birds and cooling our streets.

“The works will improve the look and feel of the area and are will have a positive impact on residents and local businesses,” she said.

Steventon Ward councillor Jessica Hawkvelt said: "These works are an important step in Council's efforts to further enhance the existing identity of the historic township and provide quality open and urban spaces for our community and visitors to enjoy."

Thoughts that were also shared by fellow ward councillor, Lucas Jones: “I'm delighted at the investment in the Tea Tree Gully township, which is highly valued and used by many residents across our City. I look forward to continuing to see the enhancement of local streets which improves the character and amenity of our community.”

The combined upgrades are part of the Tea Tree Gully Township Precinct Plan, a staged 15-year redevelopment of the historic township.   

North East Road Powerline Undergrounding map.jpg

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