Update - July 2020

We’ve been busy shortlisting a set of routes for the Bacchus Marsh Eastern Link. We are continuing to consult with key stakeholders, including state government departments and agencies, as well as local government, to identify preferred routes which align with other significant projects planned for Bacchus Marsh. We thank the community for its patience during this process. 

We expect to return to the community in November 2020 with the shortlisted routes and seek your feedback to then allow us to determine a preferred route.

You can read more about our progress to identify a set of shortlisted routes and an estimated timeline of next steps in our July 2020 project update [PDF 163 Kb].

You can review the summary report of our public and online engagement by selecting the links below.

View summary online

Download the Bacchus Marsh Eastern Link Planning Study Engagement Summary [PDF 569Kb]

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The population of Bacchus Marsh and Maddingley is expected to double by 2041. As a result, there is a need to increase land supply for housing and Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) areas have been designated for future communities. A north-south link road would help ease the congestion caused by this significant growth.

The Moorabool Shire Council’s Integrated Transport Strategy and Urban Growth Framework has identified an eastern bypass as key transport infrastructure required to alleviate congestion for Bacchus Marsh.

Previous studies have demonstrated that an eastern link road will divert heavy vehicles and through traffic away from the Bacchus Marsh town centre. The congestion during peak periods in Bacchus Marsh has resulted in a heavy reliance on Gisborne Road/Grant Street to provide north-south access to the Western Freeway.

An eastern link road will also provide an alternative north-south arterial road connection to Gisborne Road/Grant Street. There is currently no funding for construction of an eastern link road.


The planning study will identify alternative route or alignment options that will:

  • provide an efficient, safe and direct connection to the Western Freeway for freight transportation between the Port of Geelong, Ballarat, Adelaide and the Calder Freeway
  • reduce congestion, improve reliability and reduce travel times, therefore encouraging other modes of transport such as cycling and walking
  • improve amenity in the Bacchus Marsh town centre
  • improve safety on the existing road.


A steering committee has been established to provide specialist advice on the project. The committee members include representatives from:

  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DEWLP)
  • Department of Transport 
  • Moorabool Shire Council
  • Southern Rural Water (SRW)
  • Victorian Planning Authority (VPA)

Have a say

We have gathered feedback from previous community engagement activities, as well as Moorabool’s Integrated Transport Study and Urban Growth Framework, combined with desktop assessments of the area to identify potential route corridors. 

In May 2019, we asked you to share your feedback on our four proposed study areas via our interactive map. The map was open for feedback from 7 May until midnight on Sunday 26 May 2019. You can still visit the map to explore our proposed study areas.

Go to map

Next steps:

We’ve reviewed community feedback and are continuing to consult with key stakeholders. This information will help us identify a set of shortlisted routes for a Bacchus Marsh Eastern Link.

We will return to the community in November 2020 with the shortlisted routes and seek further feedback to help us identify a preferred route.

Get in touch

Email: bacchusmarsh@roads.vic.gov.au

Write: Bacchus Marsh Eastern Link Study, P.O. Box 580, Ballarat, 3353 

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