More ANZACs honoured in Drysdale Bypass road name changes

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

The 6km long Drysdale
Bypass between Jetty Road and Whitcombes Road aims to improve safety and ease
congestion on the Bellarine Peninsula. The project is expected to be finished
by mid-2020.

Council approved the
re-naming of four roads in December last year.

Three more truncated roads were approved for re-naming following
further public consultation.

The new roads are:

  • Redgum Place, formerly Drakes Road, between Portarlington Road and
    Drysdale Bypass;
  • Gilchrist Street, formerly Gilles Road, between Andersons Road and
    Reserve Road; and
  • Mayall Way, formerly Collins Street, running north east from
    Portarlington Road/Collins Street to Drakes Road.

Two of the approved
names honour ANZACs from Drysdale: Jack Gilchrist Dunn and Edward Harding

Redgum Place takes its
name from the red gums in the area, that are believed to be several centuries

Council did not support
the renaming of Clarendon Road, between Andersons Road and Buccleugh Street, to
Waterson Road and requested that the CEO further consider the change and report
back to Council.

The City will also
carry out further consultation regarding Whitcombes Road with affected property
owners and residents.

Councillor Stephanie Asher – Mayor

I’m pleased to see two
more local ANZACs are being honoured in Drysdale, as Bellarine Peninsula has a
proud history of service.

Thank you to the
affected residents for their feedback and patience during this process, which
is unavoidable due to state policy.

Councillor Anthony Aitken, Chair,
Finance portfolio

I’m sure the
descendants of the two ANZACs will feel proud to find out about the name
changes, further cementing their relatives’ ties to Drysdale.

It’s also pleasing to
see the ancient red gums recognised, as they are a big feature in the area.

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