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Friday, September 9, 2011

Packed hall says 'No' to bridge

Over one hundred and twenty people packed Drysdale's SpringDale Hall last night (8 September) and made it very clear that they don't want the 'unlimited load' bridge proposed for nearby Bayshore Avenue in Clifton Springs.

Clifton Springs Independent Ratepayers Group spokesperson Gary Dean told the standing-room-only audience that property company Bisinella wants to build the bridge so that heavy construction vehicles can access its land at the northern end of the Jetty Road Urban Growth Area (see photo below), where it intends to build a high-end housing estate.

Dean said that the City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) is supporting the proposed 'unlimited load' bridge, despite the fact that its planners and engineers have said consistently that such a bridge should carry only local traffic only, not construction vehicles.

To wide applause, Gary Dean said that the developers would leave the area after a couple of years, but the effects of the proposed bridge on the local area would be disastrous - 'If we don't do something now, we'll have to live with it forever', he said.

Audience members said that they couldn't believe that CoGG was allowing Bisinella to start building its estate before a major road running north-south into its land is built; and that rather than make the developers build such a road, the council was supporting Bisinella's proposed bridge. Several speakers said that the local council - and local councillors - should be representing the wishes of local people instead of bowing to developers' wishes.

Gary Dean thanked the Drysdale and Clifton Springs Community Association for its support and assistance, encouraged people to contact their parliamentary and council representatives and the media and urged everyone to attend the rally and ribbon-tying ceremony at the western end of Bayshore Avenue on Sunday 11 September at 10.30 a.m.

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