Gheringhap Street Drain Upgrade Project Update – 7 October 2019

Construction has begun on the reinstatement of the seawall in Corio Bay following the removal of sheet piles in the bay. Works are continuing on a second maintenance shaft on Gheringhap Street, between Smythe Street and Western Beach Road.

The 450m new stormwater drain, being built along Gheringhap Street to a new outfall into Corio Bay, will greatly reduce the frequency of flooding and the length of time surface flood waters impact the CBD, benefitting local businesses, residents, visitors and developers.

The major drain is being constructed using high-tech ‘micro-tunnelling’, a technique never before seen in Geelong. This method provides the greatest cost-benefit, shortest duration and the least amount of disruption to the local community. During the construction period, traffic management plans will be in place to minimise the impact on road, cycle and pedestrian users in the area.

Gheringhap Street Drain Upgrade – September Community Update

Update of interim traffic management arrangements

The City of Greater Geelong and the Victorian Government are working together as the Revitalising Central Geelong Partnership, to plan and deliver the Gheringhap Street Drain Upgrade. The project supports the revitalisation of central Geelong to turn the CBD into a magnet for new jobs and growth.

In our previous community updates, information was provided on the construction of two pits for the new stormwater drain. The first is located between Brougham and Smythe Streets, and the second between Smythe Street and Western Beach Road.

The first pit is due for completion in the week of Monday 16 September. Following this construction will begin on the second pit. Traffic Management Plans will be put in place to enable the construction of the second pit (plan below). The section of Gheringhap Street between Brougham Street and Smythe Street will be re-opened to through traffic and the closure between Smythe Street and Western Beach Road will begin from the week of Monday 16 September until November 2019.

Pedestrian access to footpaths, and access to private car parks for residents and businesses will be maintained, however on-street parking in this section of Gheringhap Street will be reduced during this time.

The Gheringhap Street Drain Upgrade project supports the rapid growth of Geelong and forms part of the Revitalising Central Geelong Action Plan. It is expected to be finished by the end of 2019.

Gheringhap Street Drain Upgrade Project Update – 9 September 2019

Tunnelling for the new 450m long stormwater drain along Gheringhap Street has now been completed, with the tunnel boring machine to be removed this week. The first maintenance shaft on Gheringhap Street, between Brougham and Smythe Streets, will be complete in mid-September. Works will then commence on the second maintenance shaft, between Smythe Street and Western Beach Road.

The new drain, to be built along Gheringhap Street to a new outfall into Corio Bay, will greatly reduce the frequency of flooding and the length of time surface flood waters impact the CBD, benefitting local businesses, residents, visitors and developers.

The major drain will be constructed using high-tech ‘micro-tunnelling’, a technique never before seen in Geelong. This method provides the greatest cost-benefit, shortest duration and the least amount of disruption to the local community. During the construction period, traffic management plans will be in place to minimise the impact on road, cycle and pedestrian users in the area.

New changing amenities in central Geelong

Westfield Geelong will have purpose-built changing place amenities as part of the Central Geelong Accessibility Improvements Project.

The amenities will provide an all-abilities, private space for people and their carers to attend to their needs. The location has been chosen due to the centre’s long opening hours, the proximity to retail, parking and other amenities and the existing accessibility features within the centre.

Funded jointly by the Victorian Government and Scentre Group (the owner and operator of Westfield in Australia and New Zealand), these amenities are being provided for the community through the Revitalising Central Geelong Partnership.

The changing place amenities are an integral part of the Central Geelong Accessibility Improvements Project currently underway, creating more accessible footpaths and facilities in central Geelong, including at the waterfront.

These works follow an accessibility audit of central Geelong undertaken by the Revitalising Central Geelong Partnership that identified the barriers to easy access encountered by people with mobility limitations, particularly those relying on wheelchairs.

An upgrade to pedestrian access at the Moorabool Street entrance to Westfield is now complete, and further accessibility improvement works in the Eastern Beach area are being undertaken.

The accessibility upgrades will significantly improve movement and access for all path users, providing universal access for everyone to enjoy our great city.

The Central Geelong Accessibility Improvements Project works are due for completion by late-2019.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Planning, the Hon Richard Wynne MP:

We’re working with the City of Greater Geelong to turn the city into a magnet for new jobs and sustainable growth, which is accessible for all.

The Central Geelong Accessibility Improvements Project is an important part of the revitalisation of the city centre, significantly improving movement and access in high activity areas in central Geelong.

Quotes attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens:

Geelong is an inclusive, diverse and close-knit city deserving of all-access facilities to benefit the local community.

All members of the Geelong community should be able to make use of the Westfield shopping centre, and central Geelong, and we’re making that a reality.

Quotes attributable to Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood:

The changing place at Westfield will be a great addition to central Geelong, making it easier and more appealing for many people to visit the shopping centre and surrounds.

As a UNESCO City of Design, we’re aiming to design places that are welcoming for everyone, and these new facilities are in line with our vision to be a leader in accessibility and social inclusion.

Quotes attributable to Westfield Geelong Centre Manager, Craig Tapping:

Westfield Geelong is pleased to be collaborating with Revitalising Central Geelong to deliver changing place facilities for our customers and their carers.

We want our living centres to be inclusive and welcoming, and to empower our customers of all abilities to experience our living centre with dignity and respect. This changing place facility is an important step in creating a more inclusive community environment as well as improving access, facilities and services for Westfield Geelong customers to support them enjoy an easy and positive experience with us.

Gheringhap Street Drain Upgrade Project Update – 10 June 2019

Works will continue with no major changes for the coming month. The next update will be in early-July.
The new 450m long drain, to be built along Gheringhap Street to a new outfall into Corio Bay, will greatly reduce the frequency of flooding and the length of time surface flood waters impact the CBD, benefitting local businesses, residents, visitors and developers.
The major drain will be constructed using high-tech ‘micro-tunnelling’, a technique never before seen in Geelong. This method provides the greatest cost-benefit, shortest duration and the least amount of disruption to the local community. During the construction period, traffic management plans will be in place to minimise the impact on road, cycle and pedestrian users in the area.