College to take over farmland for northern growth

Mayor Bruce Harwood

Farmland will sprout school facilities on Geelong’s north-western doorstep under a council plan to accommodate an extra 110,000 residents in the area.

Council announced on Wednesday approval of a rezoning for Bell Post Hill’s Covenant College to expand onto the neighbouring farmland off Creamery Rd.

The 3.2-hectare site would help the college with its long-term plans for rising enrolments, council said.

The college sits within council’s western growth area, which comprises two sites with enough land to accommodate a combined 110,000 residents around Batesford and Lovely Banks.

The rezoning attracted no objections, with the expansion plan now needing only ministerial planning-permit approval and a land acquisition.

“It’s good, smart planning to make sure children who live in this area in the future will have close access to quality educational facilities that meet their needs,” said Mayor Bruce Harwood.

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