We're delivering major upgrades across Eastern Victoria and the Gippsland region, including vital safety and maintenance improvements.

Our Eastern Victorian region includes communities and townships across the state's east and eastern coastal areas including the city of Latrobe; the shires of Bass Coast, Baw Baw, East Gippsland, South Gippsland and Wellington; and Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort.

What you told us

We found out what was important to you when we met with your communities back in 2017:

  • Better north-south connections
  • Alternative truck routes around growing towns
  • Growing number of commuters across Gippsland
  • Longer-stay tourism potential between Mt Baw Baw, Phillip Island, Wilson’s Promontory and East Gippsland
  • Difficulty moving around Phillip Island
  • Growing freight task with intensive agriculture
  • Growing demand for cycling
  • Dairy farms getting larger with oversized equipment on roads
  • Sealing of gravel roads.

You can view and download our Country Roads: Your insights, our actions [PDF 10.85 Mb].

What we're doing

Your feedback was clear and has shaped our future plans for the regional road network across Eastern Victoria.

The 2018/19 Budget enables us to deliver a range of important projects including:

Upgrades to improve safety, traffic flow and access at Phillip Island Road and Back Beach Road to ease travel between south east Melbourne and Phillip Island

Upgrading the Princes Highway East, Bass Highway, Great Alpine Road and Hyland Highway to increase freight efficiency.

How we measure and learn

To measure the outcomes of our projects, we evaluate them against their intended benefits. 

You can visit the VicRoads website to view an explanation of our Investment Management Approach and download project evaluation reports.


Meet your Regional Director

Sara Rhodes-Ward, Regional Director Eastern

Sara Rhodes-Ward – Regional Director, Eastern Region

With over 20 years’ experience in policy, program and people leadership across state and local government, Sara enjoys the energy that comes from creating and responding to change. 

Sara’s achievements include delivering community led results and transforming environments in creative and collaborative ways. 

A Gippsland local, she believes that country life is the key to happiness; particularly fishing, bushwalking and hitting the alpine slopes in the winter months. 

When away from the office, Sara is kept busy with the family beef and sheep farm, tending to the veg patch and spending time with her beloved family and friends.

Supporting a prosperous and vibrant regional community has long been a passion of Sara’s and she’s keen to take a collective approach to the pressing issue of road safety in the region.