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Friday, January 31, 2014

'Community Concepts' - DCSCA submission 7

This is the seventh submission by the Drysdale and Clifton Springs Community Association (DCSCA)  to the City of Greater Geelong's 'Community Concepts' programme.

For background on the programme, and earlier DCSCA submissions see "'Community Concepts' - making the process transparent" on this blog (22 January).

Scoping Study - A Traffic Bypass for Drysdale. 
A traffic bypass for Drysdale has been promised for years, but all that has happened is that the proposed route has appeared in Melway maps for many years! The council should establish a 'scoping study' to investigate the need for a traffic bypass for Drysdale and the availability of funds; and to assist VicRoads to progress the bypass to completion. Study group personnel should include representatives of Federal, State and Local Governments, VicRoads, Geelong Otway Tourism, community groups and businesses in the affected area, plus invited experts.

Objectives of the project 
  • To investigate traffic congestion in Drysdale, determine the costs and benefits (safety, economic, environmental, etc.) of a bypass and make recommendations to governments and to Vic Roads.

Benefits of a bypass 
  • The town's attraction to residents, visitors and tourists will be increased because the reduction in traffic congestion and noise will improve the town's ambience and safety. (Note! Traffic to and from the Tip and Geelong currently passes through Drysdale).
  • Improved community health and wellbeing because of reduced pollution, reduced travel times and reduced 'road rage'. (This will also reduce costs to the health care system.)
  • Improved conditions for local economic growth, because the bypass will be a more efficient route for heavy vehicles to/from the industrial area of Murradoc Road and to/from the Drysdale Resource Recovery Centre.
  • Improved local environment and economy, because of a reduced carbon footprint and reduced uses of fossil fuels.
For years, DCSCA has been lobbying actively for a bypass, which community consultation has shown repeatedly is a priority for local people. DCSCA has volunteer insurance and members would be happy to assist in any way.

Street address and suburb
: Drysdale
Council ward: Cheetham
Estimate of total project cost: $40,000

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