Engagement summary

We’re undertaking a planning study for an eastern link road in Bacchus Marsh to reduce congestion and improve safety in the town.

Community engagement

  • two information sessions held in May
  • 232 people attended community information sessions
  • 54 feedback forms were submitted by information session attendees
  • 2289 people visited the interactive map, which was live across three weeks
  • 198 people gave feedback online
  • 61 people met one-on-one with the project team

What we asked

In May 2019, we presented four study areas and asked you to share your local knowledge to identify opportunities and constraints for a future eastern link road. Your feedback will help us refine our plans and designs.

What we’re doing now

We’re currently reviewing 730 pieces of community feedback and investigating options identified for further consideration.

Using information from environmental surveys, cultural studies, technical assessments and traffic modelling, as well as community feedback, we are completing a rigorous assessment of potential corridor options.

Seasonal surveys and more detailed specialist assessment are being undertaken to assist with corridor and route selections, including:

July - August: Spiny Rice Flower
Oct - Dec: Striped Legless Lizard
Nov - Dec: Golden Sun Moth

Study areas

We presented four study areas for a future Eastern Link Road:

A map showing the four study areas for a future Eastern Link Road as well as the built up areas, forest and rivers. 

Themes explained

We asked you to provide feedback on each study area based on key themes:

  • Access – general: access onto the freeway, to town and to properties
  • Agriculture/horticulture: the irrigation district, farm land and market gardens
  • Amenity – general: quality of day-to-day life affected by close proximity to a new road
  • Economic impact: impacts to the value of properties and agricultural land
  • Design: length and design features including bridges, tunnels, roundabouts or intersections
  • Native wildlife: particularly close to Lerderderg State Park
  • Heritage – European heritage: the Avenue of Honour and the Hopetoun Cemetery
  • Traffic impacts: congestion in Bacchus Marsh and preferences of routes that are closer to or further away from the town

Other issues include

  • Land acquisition
  • Air quality
  • Processes related to environmental assessments
  • Freight
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Indigenous heritage
  • Light pollution
  • Noise – post construction
  • Property value
  • Road maintenance
  • Tourism
  • Travel times

What we heard: key themes

Study area What you liked What you didn't like

Study area A:

This is the shortest and most direct option. Due to the steep and winding section of Gisborne Road, this option requires complex engineering design. It has a high impact on the irrigation district and crosses the Avenue of Honour.

  • Access (general)
  • Amenity
  • Design
  • General and economic impact
  • Agriculture/horticulture
  • Amenity (general)
  • Design
  • Economic impact and traffic impacts
  • Heritage (European cultural)

Study area B:

This option avoids the steep and winding section of Gisborne Road. It has a reduced impact on the irrigation district. It runs along the edge of the proposed Merrimu development area and crosses the Avenue of Honour.

  • Access (general)
  • Agriculture/horticulture
  • Design
  • Agriculture/horticulture
  • Design
  • Heritage (European cultural)

Study area C:

This option has less impact on the irrigation district but divides the proposed Merrimu development. This option crosses the Avenue of Honour.

  • Agriculture/horticulture
  • Amenity (general)
  • Design
  • Economic impact
  • Agriculture/horticulture
  • Amenity (general)
  • Native wildlife
  • Heritage (European cultural)

Study area D:

This option is the longest and least direct for north-south traffic. This option avoids most of the irrigation district, Merrimu development and the Avenue of Honour. The community has expressed concerns that this study area has the most environmental impacts.

  • Agriculture/horticulture
  • Design
  • Heritage (European cultural)
  • Agriculture impacts
  • Amenity (general)
  • Design
  • Native wildlife

Next steps

We’re working to determine a preferred study area. We expect to update the community about next steps in the planning process by mid-2020.

Contact us

Email: bacchusmarsh@roads.vic.gov.au