Land sale to make way for by­pass

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - ALEX SIN­NOTT

A DRYS­DALE coun­cil re­serve has been sold by the City of Greater Gee­long, paving the way for a long-awaited by­pass around the Bel­lar­ine town.

City coun­cil­lors voted on Tues­day night to sell the 38ha pack­age for $1.8 mil­lion to VicRoads, con­sist­ing of a large block at Grubb Rd and a smaller par­cel at Por­tar­ling­ton Rd.

Sale of the land will pro­vide di­rect ac­cess to the north­ern end of Penin­sula Drive and will pro­vide a new in­ter­sec­tion at Whit­combes Rd.

“The peo­ple of the Bel­lar­ine have been wait­ing quite some time for this by­pass,” Gee­long Mayor Bruce Har­wood said.

“It’s good to see some move­ment on this project in the Drys­dale area and we’re look­ing for­ward to see­ing the by­pass work get­ting un­der way in the near fu­ture.”

Much of the land to be sold is al­ready oc­cu­pied by a ma­jor drainage basin which will be re­tained as part of the project.

The land pack­age at 702 Grubb Rd cov­ers 38,280sqm — the size of two MCG ovals.

The sec­ond site at 1911 Por­tar­ling­ton Rd cov­ers only 86sqm.

City Hall re­as­sured res­i­dents the sale of the land would not com­pro­mise the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Drys­dale Sport­ing Precinct plan.

Just over 30ha will be kept fol­low­ing sale of the land to de­velop all fa­cil­i­ties out­lined in the Drys­dale Sport­ing Precinct Plan.

The State Govern­ment al­lo­cated $109 mil­lion to con­struct the by­pass in­clud­ing $3 mil­lion to im­prove traf­fic flow along High St, fol­low­ing com­pet­ing pledges by La­bor and the Coali­tion dur­ing the 2014 state elec­tion.

The by­pass is set to be six kilo­me­tres long span­ning from Jetty Rd to just north of Whit­combes Rd and will in­clude a shared pedes­trian and cy­cle path.

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