COMMUNITY TO HAVE A SAY ON HIGH STREET, DRYSDALE

Local residents are invited to have their say on what short-term improvements should be made to High Street in Drysdale as part of the planning and construction works for the $109 million Drysdale Bypass.

Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville has welcomed the community drop-in sessions which will be held on the 16 and 21 September.

These drop-in sessions will give local residents a chance to see the latest plans for the Drysdale Bypass, as well as make suggestions on what works will improve access and convenience of High Street in Drysdale.

Potential improvements could include new pedestrian crossings, improved street lighting and improving the shoulders of the road.

Two community consultation sessions will be held:

• Wednesday, 16 September between 3pm-7pm at the Springdale Neighbourhood Centre at 17-21 High Street, Drysdale; and

• Monday, 21 September between 3.30pm and 6.30pm at the Portarlington Neighbourhood House at 28 Brown Street, Portarlington.

In addition to the $106 million committed by the Government to build the Drysdale Bypass, $3 million will be spent on improving High Street in Drysdale.

The Drysdale Bypass will reduce congestion and improve accessibility in and around High Street, reduce truck noise through the town, and make it safer for road users and pedestrians.

The bypass will also reduce the numbers of trucks and heavy vehicles in High Street by providing an alternate and more efficient route which will divert them from the centre of town.

VicRoads is currently undertaking detailed planning for the bypass and investigating potential impacts on the environment as well as studies that focus on cultural heritage, social, economic, land use planning, ecology and traffic.

Further information and a community survey will be available on the VicRoads website at https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/planning-and-projects/regional-road-projects/drysdale-bypass

For more information and to provide feedback, please email drysdaletransport@roads.vic.gov.au or call (03) 4243 3802

Quotes Attributable to the Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville:

“This is a chance for the community to have a say on how we can improve High Street.”

“ With less traffic and done correctly, High Street really does have the potential to create a more accessible and vibrant Drysdale. “