We’re building the 6km Drysdale Bypass between Jetty Road and Whitcombes Road to improve safety and ease congestion on the Bellarine Peninsula.

Trees and vegetation

We understand the complex balance of improving road safety whilst caring for our natural environment.

To prepare the ground for works, we’ll need to remove some trees and vegetation. Our flora and fauna management plans will ensure careful, thoughtful removal. Tree protection zones and no-go zones will preserve vegetation and cultural heritage sites.

We will start to remove trees and vegetation between Drakes Road and Murradoc Road, before moving to the area near Grubb Road and Andersons Road to clear the area for the new Peninsula Drive. We will then move to clear and prepare the rest of the alignment.

During the planning of the Drysdale Bypass, we worked closely with Bellarine Landcare. Together, we developed an Indigenous landscaping plan to ensure the area will be suitably revegetated with a significant number of Indigenous plants and trees during the two-year construction period.

To ensure all relevant approvals are in place, we’ll carry out works in association with City of Greater Geelong and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

We’ll also consult with Traditional Owners, the Wadawurrung community, for assistance to identify culturally important sites.

To protect the wildlife, our independent ecologist will survey the area and safely relocated local animals to nearby habitats.

We’ll retain and re-use some of the trees. Remaining trees will be mulched on site and used in the landscaping on the project site.

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