A PROPOSED $91 million upgrade of electricity transmission links between Victoria and South Australia is expected to provide a much-needed economic injection for Heywood and Portland from October.
SP Ausnet confirmed on Monday it expects to start construction work at Heywood in October on the project.
The company will be involved with $45 million to be spent on the Victorian side of the border, primarily at the Heywood substation.
Company external relations manager Jonathon Geddes said on Monday it was currently involved in the design phase of the project.
“We expect to start construction work in October, but at this stage it is too early to say how many people will be working on the project,” he said.
The works have been welcomed by Glenelg Shire Mayor John Northcott who said there would be some economic benefits to the Heywood and Portland communities during the upgrade.
Cr Northcott said he did not know if the workers would be accommodated in dongas (portable housing) or in town, but that they would be there for a fair while and there would be spin offs for the local community.
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