We're helping rural and regional councils improve their local roads with the $100 million Fixing Country Roads Program.

The Fixing Country Roads Program is the Victorian Government's commitment to regional Victorians to improve the condition of their local roads. $100 million has been provided for grants to rural and regional councils to undertake local road projects beyond regular road maintenance.

About the program

The Fixing Country Roads Program was created to assist councils improve the current state of their local roads to enhance the connectivity, reliability and efficiency of regional communities through projects such as:

  • pavement quality improvements including, pavement rehabilitations and sealing of gravel roads;
  • reconstructing damaged roads, with priority given to strategic transport links or connections to essential community services;
  • bridge improvement works including bridge strengthening/replacement on strategic routes;
  • capacity upgrades to promote better traffic flow and journey efficiency and reliability including intersection improvements;
  • local road intersection improvements; or
  • safety upgrades on local roads.

Round one

The Victorian Government has provided a total of $30.1 million to all 48 rural and regional councils as part of round one. A total of 91 projects are being delivered by councils across the state to improve the local road network. 

Some of the 91 projects currently underway include the rebuilding of the Murphy Street and Strickland Road roundabout in Bendigo, the rebuilding and widening of Perkins Road at Lara and the reconstruction of Lake Road in Kyabram.

Find out more about the funded projects by reading our Funded Projects Round 1 report [PDF 434Kb]

Round two

Regional and rural councils can now apply for a share in more than $70 million for safer and more reliable roads.

Grants of up to $1.5 million will be available to eligible councils to carry out important road rehabilitation and resealing works, road safety improvements, bridge strengthening and other upgrades.

Applications for round two close 18 March 2019, with successful projects to be announced in April. Councils must deliver these projects by June 2020.

How to apply

Local roads managed by rural and regional councils are eligible for applications to the Fixing Country Roads Program.

Councils can submit their applications by accessing our SmartyGrants system.

Application guidelines

Find out more about the application process by reading our Application Guidelines [PDF 2,398kb]

Application and assessment process

Councils need to liaise with their local contact at Regional Roads Victoria to ensure their applications are conforming. Applications for round two can be submitted up to close of business on Monday 18 March, after which they will assessed and prioritised by Regional Roads Victoria. A priority list will be submitted to State Government with the announcement of successful projects targeted for April 2019.

Frequently asked questions

Find out more about the Fixing Country Roads Program by reading our Frequently Asked Questions [PDF 69kb]

For more information

Phone: 133 RRV (133 778), Monday to Friday - 8am to 6pm

Email: fixingcountryroads@roads.vic.gov.au