Council will create a Rural and Peri-Urban Advisory Committee.
Council will create a Rural and Peri-Urban Advisory Committee.

Community Focus Committee meeting summary - 13 February 2018

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The Community Focus Committee, featuring Mayor and Council, met for the first time in Leopold, making some key decisions.

Advisory committee to be established for rural community

The Community Focus Committee has passed a motion to form a Rural and Peri-Urban Advisory Committee, which will develop a transition strategy for future saleyards services.

The motion was put forward by Councillor Jim Mason at last night’s meeting in Leopold, and was passed unanimously.

It’s proposed the transition strategy created by the new committee will provide advice to Council on livestock and information exchange, hygiene and vehicle washdown.

In addition, the committee will advise council on:

  • bio-security strategies
  • key planning strategies and structure plans
  • collaboration with other G21 members, along with relevant state and federal bodies.

Full terms of reference will be presented at the next ordinary Council meeting on 27 February.

Councillor Mason has been endorsed as the committee’s chair.

G21 Road Transport Plan gets green light

Council has also given its support to a new road transport plan, as the region prepares for continued population growth in the coming years.

The G21 Regional Road Transport Plan 2017-2021 identifies a number of short-term transport priorities for Greater Geelong, including:

  • Barwon Heads Road duplication (Corio-Waurn Ponds Road to Reserve Road)
  • Anglesea Road duplication (Princes Highway West to Mount Duneed Road)
  • Bayside Road access improvements
  • Mount Duneed Road High Speed Link upgrades
  • Geelong CBD truck restrictions
  • Surf Coast Highway Reserve Road signalisation
  • Central Geelong Deliver Strategic Cycling Corridors (SCC) Strategy.

Other business

In other business, Council:

  • Ticked off on the naming of two laneways in central Geelong

    The western section of ‘Wesley Place, Geelong’ will become ‘Goodall Lane, Geelong,’ while a previously unnamed laneway off Wesley Place will now be known as ‘Towle Lane, Geelong.’

    Both changes will eliminate confusion, making properties along the laneways easily identifiable to emergency services and visitors.

    The lanes have been named in honour of notable original residents William Goodall Hearne and Dr Frederick Towle.
  • Approved the sale of two Council-owned parcels of land in Drysdale to Vic Roads for construction of the Drysdale Bypass
  • Approved the revocation of flood-prone area designation for new lots at Armstrong Waters stage four, Ashbury stages two and three, and Villawood stages 20 and 21.

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