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 two

The Victorian Government has provided a total of $70 million to all 48 rural and regional councils as part of round two. A total of 133 projects will be delivered by councils across the state in 2019/20 to improve the local road network. 

Round two will see benefits to the local road network, including

  • 110km of road reconstructed;
  • 195km of road widened;
  • 65km of gravel road sealed;
  • 38 bridges improved;
  • 27 intersections upgraded; and
  • 8 projects improving walking and cycling. 

Find out more about the funded projects by reading our Funded Projects Round 2 report [PDF 940Kb].

Round one

The Victorian Government has provided a total of $30 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 delivered thanks to the Fixing Country Roads Program 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.

In total, round one will see the following improvements made to the local road network

  • 35km of road reconstructed
  • 45km of road widened
  • 27km of gravel road sealed
  • 10 bridges improved
  • 20 intersections upgraded
Find out more about the funded projects by reading our Funded Projects Round 1 report [PDF 434Kb]

Application guidelines

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

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

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