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

Our Gippsland 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 we've done

In 2019/20 we delivered a range of important projects including:

  • The construction of a dual lane roundabout at the intersection of Back Beach Road and Phillip Island Road, improving safety and traffic flow on Phillip Island
  • The construction of a dual lane roundabout at the intersection of Woolamai Beach Road and Phillip Island Road, improving safety and access for tourists and locals
  • Upgraded several sections of the Princes Highway (the Esplanade) in Lakes Entrance to improve safety and accessibility for all road users, and to support local business.
  • Resurfacing and reconstruction works along the South Gippsland Highway. This includes:
    • 3.59km of reconstructions at four sites, totalling almost $3.5 million
    • 1.26km of asphalt overlays at three sites, totalling over $1.3 million
    • 21.73km of resurfacing at 24 sites (including 12 sites funded under state stimulus), totalling almost $3.8 million
    • Over 4km of new asphalt surface extending from the edge of Leongatha south towards the saleyards 

East Gippsland Bushfire Recovery

Community safety is our number one priority – that’s why our crews have worked tirelessly throughout 2020 on bushfire recovery, from repairing damaged roads and signs to clearing debris and hazardous trees.

Significant bushfire recovery has been undertaken on almost 1,000 kilometres of bushfire affected arterial roads across East Gippsland and north east Victoria.

The Victorian Government has invested $22.8 million from its Building Works package to help regional towns recover and rebuild their local economies following the devastating 2019/2020 summer of bushfires.

What we’re doing

Crews are now out in force upgrading key roads across Gippsland as part of this year’s maintenance blitz, which is delivering smoother and safer roads while supporting jobs and local economies. Up to $85.8 million in road maintenance will be delivered across Eastern Victoria this season.

Around 282.4 kilometres of road will be targeted thanks to this investment – including sections of key routes such as the Princes and South Gippsland highways, which are not only important freight routes but connect communities throughout the region. 

Crews will also be out on the network undertaking routine maintenance such as roadside grass mowing, repairing potholes, and fixing or replacing damaged signs. 

It’s all thanks to the Victorian Government’s two-year $425 million investment into rebuilding and resurfacing regional roads, with a further $124 million injected into improving roads across the state this year through the Building Works economic stimulus package. 

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, Gippsland 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.