THE Viewpoint residential subdivision at Huntly has hastened the rollout of natural gas to the town.
Gas was not expected to reach Huntly for another 18 months, but negotiations between the State Government and developers are behind the changed rollout date, which is expected to be early next year.
Luke Goggin Real Estate agent Tom Isaacs said he received the news on Friday.
“Integra, the developer of Viewpoint Huntly has been successful in negotiating the installation of reticulated gas to the Viewpoint Huntly community,” he said.
“The gas infrastructure will be installed as part of the construction currently underway at Viewpoint and will be available to every lot within Viewpoint.
“The cost to Integra for providing this alternative energy source to Viewpoint will provide residents with a more cost effective way of living.
“As a result of the number of households within Viewpoint the government will now extend the gas infrastructure to the greater Huntly region as part of their Energy for the Regions program.”
Deputy Premier Peter Ryan said the unavailability of natural gas prevented growth and hindered business.
“Households and businesses in regional Victoria without access to natural gas are forced to use expensive bottled Liquid Petroleum Gas and electricity,” he said.
“Natural gas is a cheaper and cleaner source of energy that can lower household costs by anywhere between $600 and $1200 a year.“These savings have major economic benefits, boosting the prosperity of towns and making it easier to establish and grow businesses in regional Victoria.”