Barwon Heads Road planning study

We’re undertaking a planning study for Barwon Heads Road to improve traffic flow and safety and provide for future growth in the surrounding area.

Project background

Victoria continues to have the fastest population growth in the country, and the Armstrong Creek residential precinct is the largest growth area outside of Melbourne.

Forecasts show that Armstrong Creek will eventually house up to 65,000 people, providing for around 22,000 houses.

Barwon Heads Road is a vital link between the Bellarine and Geelong, running right through the Armstrong Creek growth area. 

Project details

The Victorian Government has committed $3 million to undertake a planning study to determine the future needs of Barwon Heads Road between Settlement Road, South Geelong and Lower Duneed Road, Mount Duneed.

This planning study will investigate community and safety needs, land use, population growth, environmental, social and cultural heritage considerations, and future economic development.

The study will then allow VicRoads to secure the land for the future works.

Image of map showing Barwon Heads planning study.

View a larger version of the Barwon Heads Road Duplication Planning Study map

Project planning process

The below table provides a summary of the project planning process for the Barwon Heads Road. 

Planning Phase* Description 
Phase 1 - underway
Initial planning and investigations
  • Investigate overall land and road use in the area 
  • Identify potential issues and impacts
  • Understand community and individual concerns
Phase 2 - mid 2017
Develop draft concept designs
  • Developing draft designs and route options
  • Discuss key issues and opportunities
  • Collect feedback from the community on what’s important to them.
Phase 3 - late 2017
Refine options
  • Present route options to the community and collect feedback to help refine options and mitigation measures
  • Confirm what planning studies need to be done  and continue discussions with the community
Phase 4 - Early 2018
Select a preferred option and approvals
  • Participate in the Planning Scheme Amendment process – a formal government planning process to reserve a corridor in the Greater Geelong Planning Scheme. 
  • Present proposals to the community and stakeholders and collect feedback  to inform planning approvals
  • Confirm details of the proposed upgrade
*Dates are indicative only and subject to change 

Have your say

We acknowledge that major projects impact on the community. We will continue to work closely with the community to learn from your local knowledge and to minimise and manage impacts as much as possible. 

We're inviting our community and stakeholders to provide feedback at key stages throughout the planning process. Two information sessions are being held in April and we ask that you come along to find out more, give us your feedback or ask any questions about Barwon Heads Road.

Session 1

Date:   Thursday 20 April 2017
Time:  4pm - 7.30pm (drop in any time)
Place:  South Barwon Cricket Club, South Barwon Reserve, Barwon Heads Rd, 

Session 2

Date:  Saturday 22nd of April 2017
Time: 9am - 1pm (drop in any time)
Place: The Leopold Sportsman Club, 135 Kensington Rd, Leopold

If you can’t make it to the drop-in sessions, you can still actively participate by providing feedback at engageVicroads

Contact us 

If you'd like more information or have any questions, please get in touch.

Call: 5225 2596
Email: [email protected] 

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