Road to honour Anzac

An ANZAC killed in action during WWI will be remembered for generations to come, following Geelong council’s decision to re-name a portion of Clarendon Road in Drysdale to Waterson Place after Corporal Horace Stanley Waterson.

The road, between Andersons Road to Buccleugh Street, is one of nine roads which legally require name changes after being shortened by the Drysdale Bypass project.

The Drysdale Bypass runs for 6 kilometres between Jetty Road and Whitcombes Road, and aims to improve safety and ease congestion along the Bellarine Peninsula.

In January, the council requested the chief executive to further investigate a potential change to Waterson Place, including the impact on residents and relevance of the name Waterson to the area.

The city found five property owners would be affected by the change, in comparison to 24 if the north end of Clarendon Street was re-named.

In the second round of public feedback in 2019, residents voted in favour of the name Waterson Place rather than Jiggins Road.

Corporal Waterson moved to Drysdale as a child, where he attended Drysdale State School and the Drysdale Methodist Church. He served for the Commonwealth Army and was killed in action in Belgium in 1917.

Council has already approved the re-naming of seven other roads that have been truncated by the bypass project, following community consultation. 

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