Submissions to be sought on proposed Gibbons Road closure

Friday, 15 November 2019

Council will ask for submissions from the community on a proposal to permanently block off an entrance to Gibbons Road in Lara, in response to safety concerns.

The road, which runs between Bacchus Marsh Road and O’Hallorans Road, is unsealed and not designed for large volumes of traffic.

However, it has become a heavily used shortcut between Lara and Bacchus Marsh Road, causing safety and noise issues for residents.

As a trial measure, the road was blocked by concrete barriers at the O’Hallorans Road end in February this year.

The City received 85 pieces of unsolicited feedback in response to the trial closure, with 82 per cent in favour of sealing the road and leaving it open, and 8 per cent calling for it be permanently blocked off. Of these, 100 per cent of Gibbons Road residents supported its permanent blocking.

It’s estimated that sealing the road would cost more than $1.7 million, plus extra for safety works likely to be needed on Bacchus Marsh Road to cater for turning traffic.

Council gave approval for the City’s CEO to start the process of discontinuing the road, beginning with a public submissions period.

The City of Greater Geelong will publish the proposal on the Have Your Say page in late November 2019 and give the community an opportunity to provide submissions. The matter will then come back before the council for a decision.


Councillor Kylie Grzybek, Windermere Ward - Deputy Mayor

Gibbons Road was never supposed to be open to the public as a through road. It was only opened during construction of Grand Lakes Estate.

I can see both sides of this debate, and the submission process will now give everyone the chance to have their say before a decision is made.

Gibbons Road was never supposed to be open to the public as a through road. It was only opened during construction of Grand Lakes Estate.

I can see both sides of this debate, and the submission process will now give everyone the chance to have their say before a decision is made.





Page last updated: Friday, 15 November 2019

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