We are currently in the process of preparing the project for referral to the Planning Minister for Environment Effects Statement (EES) consideration. An EES may be required to further assess the project against a range of factors including road safety, capacity, biodiversity, habitat and community impacts.
The outcomes of the EES referral will determine the pathway for the planning study. The planning study options include a combined EES and Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA), or just a PSA which would be required to reserve the land needed to build the new road in the future.
We appreciate your patience as we work through this process.
Below provides a summary of the project planning process for the Bellarine Link.
Phase 1 - complete
- Investigating overall land and road use in the area.
- Identifying potential constraints and impacts.
- Understanding community views on the proposed Bellarine Link.
Phase 2 - complete
- Understand community views on what’s important to them in this project.
- Undertake detailed technical investigations.
- Develop corridor options and draft designs.
Phase 3 - complete
- Present alignment options to the community.
- Present findings of the detailed technical investigations.
- Narrow options to single route.
Phase 4 - late 2018-early 2019*
- EES referral consideration.
- Participate in the Planning Scheme Amendment process – a formal government planning process to reserve a corridor Greater Geelong Planning Scheme.
To meet the current and future needs of our growing community, the Victorian Government has committed $4 million to planning for an extension of the Geelong Ring Road (Bellarine Link).
The proposed Bellarine Link will provide a connection between the Geelong Ring Road through Baanip Boulevard / Surfcoast Highway and Portarlington Road.
This project would represent the fifth and final section of the Geelong Ring Road, with the first four sections already constructed. The most recent section, Baanip Boulevard was opened in 2015.
Over the past year, we have undertaken a series of technical investigations into environmental impacts, future community needs, cultural heritage, transport demands, the regional economy, hydrology and geology implications and land use.
Have a say
In December 2017, we held two community information sessions and numerous one-on-one meetings with landowners to review the preferred alignment which was developed in line with community feedback. Community input has been crucial in helping to choose a preferred option, refine the design and understand all the impacts.