More than 80 members of the local community attended SP AusNet’s community forum in Avoca (Victoria) recently to ask questions on the project that will see natural gas flowing to the town by early 2016.

Under the program, construction is expected to start in September to connect approximately 700 Avoca residents and businesses to natural gas.

SP AusNet’s Program Manager, Geoff Thorn, said that the event was well attended with excited locals.

“There was excitement in the room in anticipation that we’re about to start the construction of the underground natural gas network to Avoca,” Mr Thorn said.

“During this construction phase, we’re committed to minimising any disruptions to residents and safely delivering natural gas to their properties.

“Importantly, SP AusNet thanks the State Government for its support in bringing natural gas to Avoca through the Energy for the Regions program and we look forward to connecting more Victorian’s to our natural gas network,” he said.

SP AusNet has detailed information on its website – – for each of the towns approved for connection through the Energy for the Regions program.

In the last five years, SP AusNet has carried out works costing more than $580m in operating, maintaining and extending the natural gas network in western Victoria to more than 92,000 homes and businesses.

Under the previous State Government’s natural gas extension program, SP AusNet connected gas to 12 Victorians towns: Barwon Heads, Camperdown, Creswick, Gisborne, Lancefield, Macedon, Maiden Gully, New Gisborne, Port Fairy, Riddells Creek, Romsey and Woodend.

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