Land sale to make way for bypass
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.