Roads are the lifeblood of our regional communities; they connect people to their places of work, schools, shops and businesses, friends and family.
For many country Victorians, their way of life, health and livelihood relies on roads that work.
We know that Victoria’s regional roads need work, and that’s why Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) has been created.
RRV is a new division of VicRoads focused on providing safer and better roads that support regional communities’ growth and prosperity now and in the future.
With a $941m investment, more than 1,500kms of road will be rebuilt, and resurfaced.
Under the leadership of Paul Northey, Chief Regional Roads Officer, the new division will champion the needs of country Victorians.
Mr Northey has lived in regional Victoria his entire working life, including working for Barwon Water in Geelong for the past 24 years and Coliban Water in Bendigo before that.
“I have lived in regional Victoria for around 30 years, so I know first-hand how critical safe and reliable roads are to the livelihood and productivity of regional communities"
The establishment of RRV marks a significant shift in the way Victoria’s roads are managed.
RRV will work across Victoria’s regions, bringing a coordinated, consistent and integrated approach to improving the regional road network.
There will be more transparency and insight into our work though the new RRV website which will show all planned, underway and complete projects.
RRV will be more accessible and open to your feedback through a dedicated hotline 133 RRV (133 778).
This number will be for regional Victorians to ask questions about the network, report hazards and provide feedback.
The establishment of RRV was in response to community sentiment and a greater need to maintain and future-proof our regional road network.
In early 2017, leaders of VicRoads visited communities across Victoria to talk about the state of the roads and what can be done to support regions to grow and prosper.
In response to the feedback received, The Country Roads - Your Insights, Our Actions was created.
This action plan highlighted the desire for a regionally-focused entity that recognised the needs of regional Victoria and offered a central point of contact and coordination for regional projects.