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

Mal Kersting, Regional Director Western

Mal Kersting - Acting Regional Director, Western Region

Mal is a real roads veteran, having led 4 of our 5 regions over his time at VicRoads.

With experience in bridge and road design, project development, business management and planning for small/large infrastructure projects, Mal’s also worked internationally with Laos’ government.

Living in Bendigo for many years, Mal’s passion for regional life and communities has strengthened immensely; feeling privileged to meet many amazing people from all walks of life.

Mal enjoys holidaying with family, watching his beloved Cats, architecture, urban design and classic cars.

His goal is to make our region a better, safer place for all, and to make a real contribution to his community.