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

Our Grampians region spans across an enormous portion of the state, including the city of Ballarat; the rural cities of Ararat and Horsham; and the shires of Golden Plains, Hepburn, Hindmarsh, Moorabool, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack.

What we're doing

The Wimmera

The transport network across the Grampians region will be made safer and smoother as we roll out $72 million in road maintenance this year. 

Around 360 kilometres of road are being targeted through this investment – including rebuilding sections of the Henty and Wimmera highways. 

The two highways are:

  • Important freight routes; and
  • Key connectors of surrounding communities to the regional centre of Horsham.


In addition, the Keeping Ballarat Moving projects are being delivered to support the growing population in and around Ballarat. 

An investment of $60 million has been made to upgrade six traffic hotspots (and surrounding roads) to improve travel around Ballarat and reduce the risk of crashes at key intersections.

We’re delivering the upgrades over the next three years, with the first one starting in late-2020. 

To minimise impacts to our community, we’re staging the projects from now until completion in late-2022. 

Bacchus Marsh

Bacchus Marsh is one of the fastest growing areas in Victoria.

To improve traffic flow and safety in Bacchus Marsh, we’re delivering a $3 million planning study for an eastern link road.

Through this planning process, we will continue to consult with key stakeholders, including state government departments and agencies, landowners and the community as well as local government and utility providers, to ensure a future eastern link road will align with other significant projects planned for Bacchus Marsh.

Meet your Regional Director

Image of Michael Bailey Regional Director for Western Region  

Michael Bailey - Regional Director, Grampians Region

Born and bred in the western region, Michael returned to Stawell in 2015 to work with the Northern Grampians Shire Council, most recently as its Chief Executive Officer. 

Working in the government and community space for over 20 years, Michael has a strong history in leading teams to deliver favourable outcomes.

Among the things he enjoys, Michael notes spending time with his family and a passion for the outdoors, particularly water skiing. He looks forward to spending time in the amazing skiing locations that the north and west of our region have to offer. 

With a community and economic development background, Michael has a clear understanding of what a safe, well planned and developed transport network can provide to the wider Grampians region.