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

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

What you told us

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

  • Changing face of farming with bigger machinery
  • Supporting more grain on to rail instead of road
  • Better connections for freight into Melbourne
  • Tourism growing through Silo Art Trail & the Grampians
  • Wind farm development
  • Ballarat regional growth needs support Melbourne and other regional centres
  • Bypasses along Western Highway
  • Better connections for freight from Mildura to Melbourne
  • Removing trucks from Mildura’s town centre
  • Importance of protecting roadside native vegetation
  • Growing horticulture
  • Tourism potential.

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 future plans for the regional road network across Western Victoria.

The 2018/19 Budget enabled us to deliver important road repairs such as:

  • Midland, Wimmera and Western Highways
  • Ballarat-Maryborough Road and Ballarat-Carngham Road 
  • Borung Highway and Henty Highway

The 2019/20 Budget will support the deliver of other key road repair and rehabilitation works, including:

  • Sections of Calder Highway between Ouyen and Red Cliffs
  • Wimmera Highway between Murtoa and Rupanyup
  • Geelong-Ballan Road between Stoney Creek Reservoir and Fiskville 
  • Stawell-Warracknabeal Road north of Minyip

Meet your Regional Director

Image of Michael Bailey Regional Director for Western Region  

Michael Bailey - Regional Director, Western 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 western region.