An Andrews Labor Government will build a 5.9km, two lane bypass to take trucks off Geelong-Portarlington Rd in Drysdale, reducing local congestion and boosting local jobs.

Labor’s $109 million plan will also upgrade Geelong-Portarlington Rd in Drysdale – also known as High St and Collins St – and build a separated bike path.

Construction work will support 170 jobs and increase economic activity in an area that’s been left behind by the Liberals.

An Andrews Labor Government will also make sure ten per cent of the workforce on the Drysdale Bypass is reserved for apprentices, building Geelong’s next generation of highly skilled tradies.

Quotes attributable to Mr Andrews

“Under Denis Napthine and the Liberals, Geelong and the Bellarine have gone backwards. Companies have closed their doors and young people can’t get a job.”

“Labor will build the Drysdale Bypass to get dangerous trucks off the road and out of town.”

Quotes attributable to Ms Neville

“Locals aren’t fooled by Denis Napthine’s desperate promises. He’s had four years to do something but he’s left the Bellarine behind.”

“Our plan won’t just reduce local congestion – it will create local jobs and give our young tradies much needed work.”

Key Facts

  • Under the Liberals, unemployment in Geelong has increased from 4.8 per cent in December 2010 to 9.5 per cent in September 2014. More than one in five young people are out of work.
  • Labor will guarantee a minimum $1 billion in funding to repair and upgrade dangerous regional roads.
  • Labor’s $109 million plan includes $106 million for the bypass and $3 million for the High Street upgrade.