New Drysdale road names honour local ANZACs

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Four roads in Drysdale which have been shortened by the Drysdale Bypass project have been renamed following community consultation.

The six kilometre long Drysdale Bypass between Jetty Road and Whitcombes Road aims to improve safety and ease congestion on the Bellarine Peninsula, with an expected completion date of mid-2020.

The project has truncated a total of nine roads, which now require name changes as naming rules don’t allow for the use of suffixes eg east, west, etc.

Following advertisements and consultation with affected property owners, the four new roads are:

  • High Street, formerly Portarlington Road, between Jetty Road and Railway Crescent
  • McKiernan Street, formerly Andersons Road, between Grubb Road and Princess Street
  • Hackwill Place, formerly Jetty Road, off Portarlington Road and
  • Benham Street, formerly Princess Street, to the Andersons Road intersection.

Three of the approved names have come from the ANZAC register, named after Lawrence Nicolas McKiernan, William Mercer Hackwill and Winifred Mae Benham.

Five of the nine suggested road names were rejected during the public feedback process and new surveys have been sent out using the names suggested by the community. The results of this consultation will be presented to council in January 2020.

Affected property owners will be given assistance packages to support them as they transition to their new address. Council and Major Roads Victoria will support business owners with signage and other assistance.

Councillor Stephanie Asher - Mayor

I’m pleased three of our local ANZACs who served Australia during World War Two have been honoured with new road names in Drysdale.

We understand the name changes are an inconvenience for affected residents. Unfortunately it is unavoidable due to state policy but we appreciate the community’s feedback and cooperation while the names get worked out.

Councillor Anthony Aitken - Chair, Finance portfolio

The renaming of these roads is a great tribute to these ANZACs from Drysdale and I’m excited one of them is female – Winifred Mae Benham who served as a private with the Australian Women's Army Service.

Council will continue to consult with the community about the remaining five roads that require name changes.

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