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

In 2017, we met with your communities and heard what was important to you. These were included in Country Roads: Your insights, our actions and involved:

  • 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 helped shape our plans for the regional road network across Eastern Victoria.

The 2018/19 Budget enabled us to deliver a range of important road repairs including:

  • South Gippsland Highway west of Franklin River Bridge and east of Barry Road
  • Princes Highway near Cann River and Bellbird Creek
  • Princes Highway near Hernes Oak and Nilma

The 2019/20 Budget will support the deliver of more important road repair and rehabilitation works including:

  • Boolarra-Churchill Road at Churchhill
  • Bass Highway at Dalyston
  • South Gippsland Highway at Toora and west of Alberton
  • Princes Highway East at Morwell

How we measure and learn

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

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.