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
We found out what was important to you when we met with your communities back in 2017:
- 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 was clear and has shaped our future plans for the regional road network across Western Victoria.
The 2018/19 Budget enables us to deliver important projects such as these:
- Upgrading Sturt Street West Intersections to improve travel between Ballarat’s CBD and the growing western suburbs
- Continuing work on the preconstruction stage for both the Ararat and Beaufort bypasses
- Creating a pedestrian crossing along Ararat-Halls Gap Road near Marian College and St Mary’s Primary School.
Meet your Regional Director
Bradley Prior - Acting Regional Director, Western Region
Having spent over 40 years in Victoria’s west, Brad has called Ballarat home for 29 of these.
Working in the maintenance and construction space across a number of industries, Brad’s past 2 years have been spent coordinating the delivery of road strengthening and resurfacing across the state.
An avid gardener, Blues fan and proud scout leader for over 25 years, Brad relishes the opportunity to instil resilience and leadership skills in our community’s youth.
Having spent a majority of his life in the region, Brad understands the needs of the community and is committed to ensuring our rural road network is accessible and safe for all Victorians.